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 now and then. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason isn’t working right 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?
Your friends or family can be a great source of support. They often will lend a listening ear, validate your feelings, or offer advice based on their own experiences. A therapist 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 my 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 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.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy. However, 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 you strategies that can help you accomplish your personal goals. As part of therapy, we can discuss whether medication may be right for you.
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. Together, we will identify what you want to work on and come up with a treatment plan that works best for you. To learn more about my approach to therapy, please see the services section on this website.
How long will it take?
The length of therapy varies for each person. In general, I use cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness. For many people, this kind of therapy takes about 10 to 20 sessions. Some people need fewer sessions and some need more. Throughout the therapeutic process, we will evaluate how you are doing and make change to the treatment plan as needed.
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 our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.
If you are interested in learning more and setting up your initial visit, please reach out today!