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 backup now and then. Many times we ‘tough it out’ rather than reaching out to ask for help when we need it most. This runs the risk of allowing situations to worsen. Asking for help takes courage, but it is also a great step toward better life management.
You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason isn’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I can help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
Friends and family are a great support. Having a strong support network is an important part of mental health. There are times when they may not have the training or skills needed to help you through the tough times. Have you noticed you keep having the same conversations with them? This might be a sign that it is time to bring in the professionals.
A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy 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, 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.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication treats symptoms, not the underlying factors like beliefs, relationships, or environments that create the symptoms of anxiety or depression. Without addressing the underlying factors, symptoms often worsen, requiring more medication. 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 effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy depending on the severity of symptoms.
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 depending on the individual. We tailor our therapeutic approach to your specific needs. I am trained in a variety of theories and modalities to address many mental health issues and will be able to help provide you with actionable coping skills to help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say on a general FAQ page. 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.
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 are crucial to your success. It’s the work you do outside of your sessions that will really help you see your 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 would both like to work with a therapist, I will work with both of you together. It is not recommended to move from individual into couple’s work with the same therapist because of potential trust issues.