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. Asking for help is often the most challenging part. People who ask for help have tremendous courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths, and how to leverage them to reduce the influence of the challenges you are facing. We will also examine some of the problem areas, and work on making sustainable adjustments.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
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 your business.”
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be effective, but it alone cannot solve issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with therapy. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can 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 counselling, it will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs. Most important, is that you are open and willing to talk about your challenges, and to the techniques and approaches that may begin to shift them.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not an easy question to answer. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them. 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. I like to meet with people at least 2-3 times, and then determine what would be best going forward. Sometimes that’s enough; often continued check-ins and opportunities to continue our work together are valuable.
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 willingness to explore and experiment will be crucial to your success.