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. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. We will 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?
The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. 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, counseling 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, 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.
Should I take medication AND have therapy?
Each individual is different, and needing medication and therapy may be what is best for you, but it also may not be. It can be helpful to initially begin therapy to see if that helps you reach your goals, but if not, medication can be a helpful addition. Medication and therapy are in and of themselves often very helpful, but a lot of times the combination is what makes the most change. Lastly, you may not always need both, even if you once did. Your provider will monitor you and discuss your progress.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for their treatment, it will vary depending on the individual. We tailor our approach to each client's specific needs.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time treatment 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 treatment 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. It can be of great importance to keep your appointments as consistent as possible, and to work on what is discussed outside of your sessions. Some clients even choose to write down things to discuss in their next session during the time between sessions. This can help remind you of your thoughts and feelings that may be important to discuss in your upcoming session.