I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Don’t only weak people go to therapy?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, we’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
A health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way – can teach you to develop new skills, help you to gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business”.
Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and 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.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be helpful for alleviating symptoms, but it alone cannot solve all your issues. Sometimes medication is useful as an adjunct to counseling, but it is not an adequate substitute for therapy. Our work together is designed to explore and identify the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths, so that you can accomplish your personal goals.
How does therapy work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals, therapy sessions will be different for each person. We tailor our therapeutic approach to your specific needs. During the first few sessions, we will work together to develop a plan for how therapy can help you specifically to accomplish your goals in your life.
How long will therapy take?
This question can’t be answered in a general FAQs page. Your circumstances are unique to you. The length of time that counseling will take to help you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, the degree of your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
We are so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.