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 are brave; they recognize they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your story and your strengths. We will identify ways in which life circumstances have fostered certain core messages and coping patterns. We will examine together how these messages and patterns are helpful and harmful, and explore where and how you desire to challenge them in order to live as you want to.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
We are made to be in the community. Good friends and family are an integral component to a full and healthy life. Sometimes, well-meaning friends or family members unknowingly foster shame and judgment when we come to them with our pain. A mental health professional can listen without condemnation, and accept you wholly where you are right now. I 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 my business.” Lastly, if your situation includes certain kinds of grief, loss and/or trauma, it may be best disclosed and processed in a safe environment, with someone who is trained to recognize ways in which your pain is manifesting in your body, spirit, mind, heart and life.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths in order to help you accomplish your personal goals.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it 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. The length of time counseling can take to empower you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place. We will work closely to ascertain your counseling objectives, and we will check-in frequently as to progress, frequency and duration of our meetings.
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 will be crucial to your success.