I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some techniques that you’ve used before but, for whatever reason, they aren’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past coping mechanisms. In our work together, I’ll help you to identify and implement strategies to help you in your current situation.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
There’s a big one. A mental health professional will help you productively address your problem by teaching you new skills, giving you a different perspective, listening to you without judgment or expectations, and helping you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing your business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you’re 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 alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat 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 sometimes be effective and used in conjunction with therapy.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different for every individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, everyone’s circumstances are unique and the length of time therapy can take depends on a number factors. They include your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the situation driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I’m so glad you’re dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation is crucial to success. After all, we only see each other for sessions once a week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.