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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. In fact, it takes strength to face whatever brings you in. People who ask for help know when 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 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?
There are big differences and they are primarily around the training of a licensed professional and attending to your agenda purely. A mental health professional is trained to 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. The counselor is also tuned in to you without any other agenda. Your counselor’s primary goal is to help you get clear on your goals and to assist you in attaining those goals. In addition, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, counseling adds another layer of protection to your relationships. For example, 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. With counseling, what is shared in the office stays in the office.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be effective but it alone may not 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 that can help you accomplish your personal goals. If a medication evaluation is warranted, I will discuss that with you.
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 have many years of education, consultation, and experience to tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on many factors including your desire for personal development as well as the factors that are driving you to seek counseling.
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. I will be happy to assign homework, reading, and tailor your work so that it is something you can comfortably accomplish as you strive toward your goals.