Frequently Asked Questions:
If you have a question about counseling, it is likely that someone else has had the same question! See if you can find your answer below. If you can't, you can always call our office & ask the receptionist. We'd love to help!
"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 ability to reach out. Everyone needs help every now and then. You already have some strengths that you've used before, that for whatever reason, isn't working now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I'll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.
"What's the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?"
The difference between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing in a professional manner. 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". Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you've been confiding in a friend or family member, there is a risk that once you are feeling better, you could start avoiding that person so you aren't reminded of this difficult time in life.
"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 issues, 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 session?"
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, every session will be different depending on the individual. We tailor our 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 circumstance is 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. After all, we only see each other for a session a week. It's the work you do outside of your sessions that will really help you see your own personal growth and develpment.
"My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual counseling or come together?"
If you are concerned about your relationship and you would both like to attend counseling, we would initially work with both of you together. After this initial work, if one of you would like to continue in individual sessions, we could work with only one of you at a time. It is not helpful to move from individual into couple's work with the same therapist because of potential trust issues.