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 courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In your work with your therapist they’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?
The difference is therapy is an opportunity to speak with someone who has professional skills and training, who safeguards your confidentiality. 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 learn from yourself. Counseling provides a unique scenario where you can explore anything without judgement and with complete confidentiality.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Counseling works in tandem with medication, allowing you to delve into the root causes of your challenges and build on your strengths to achieve 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. 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 circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling 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 counseling in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
We are so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.
What can I expect in my first session?
You will first be greeted by our office manager, Lizzie, who will help ensure we have all the required paperwork and information. She will also be able to help answer any payment/insurance questions. There is complimentary coffee, tea, and water for you while you wait for your therapist. You will then be greeted by your therapist and taken to their private office. Your therapist is trained to meet you wherever you are on your journey and will ask questions at a pace you are comfortable with to get to know you and discover what your goals are.