I’ve never spoken with a therapist. I’m used to handling things on my own. Does asking for professional help make me weak?
Absolutely not. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths that you may or may not be aware that you possess. For whatever reason, your current skill set isn’t getting the job done. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access these skills or strengths. Remain hopeful. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them according to your current dilemma(s).
What’s the difference between talking to a therapist versus a friend or family member?
Often times, friends and family have our best interests at heart. Unfortunately, they are not always equipped to address some of our most challenging thoughts and concerns. It can be difficult to remain objective, especially when it concerns a loved one. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation objectively and professionally– teach you new skills, help you gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment and help you become mindful of your own needs and desires. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others knowing of your personal matters. Furthermore, if your situation provokes strong negative emotions, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Is medication an appropriate substitution to therapy?
Medication alone cannot solve all issues. Medication can help alleviate the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals. Medication can be very effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Each person has different issues and goals for therapy, which means the process will be unique depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs and once we begin working together, I can better explain your role in the therapeutic process.
How long can I expect to be in therapy?
Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals, depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place. Where one client might need 12 sessions, another may require 50. It really depends on the individual.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other on average, once a week. It’s the work you do outside of therapy, that really counts! You will need to implement the strategies we discuss in real life situations, in order to see personal growth and development.
My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual counseling or come together?
If you are concerned about your relationship, and you are both interested in therapy, I would recommend I see you together. Should one of you decide that individual sessions would be beneficial, I could work with only one of you. It is not helpful to move from couple’s work to individual (for both) with the same therapist because of potential trust and ethical issues.