I’ve never talked to anyone, I’m used to handling things on my own. Does it mean something is wrong with me if I need to go to therapy?
Not at all! People who can ask for help when they need it are strong, and doing this is a necessary step in working through issues. Many of my clients are intelligent, driven, and high-functioning, and prioritize therapy to take care of themselves in the same way we should prioritize exercise or eating healthily. Everyone needs support at different times in their life, and in our work together I’ll help you identify what your strengths are and how to implement them.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
A psychotherapist has the training and experience to provide a different type of support than a friend or family member. 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 and a therapist can help you explore issues in a safe and comfortable way.
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 be effective and is sometimes needed 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 depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your 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 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?
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. For example, if we see each other for a session a week, it’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.