I have never shared my feelings with anyone before. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
I believe you are strong and courageous because you decided to ask for help. We all need help at some point in our lives and perhaps your time is now. That is okay! I will create a safe nonjudgmental environment for you to share your concerns. In our work together, I’ll help you identify your areas of strength are and how to implement them into your life now.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. 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. Therapy is also completely confidential. You won’t have the common worry about others “knowing my personal struggles/business.” Most important, 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 difficulties that you shared with them.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be highly effective and is sometimes recommended in conjunction with therapy. However, medication alone is designed to treat certain symptoms and at times can be more effective when paired with therapy to improve your outcome. We will work together to explore and determine the root cause of the presenting issues, address them and teach new strategies that can aid you in accomplishing your goals.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Therapy is tailored to the individual’s needs and specific identified goals. Because of this my approach is from a person-centered perspective, meaning the focus is solely on helping you reach your full potential. Because you are the expert on our own life, the expectation is that you will play an active role on your new journey. This could involve completing homework assignments, and providing feedback about what you feel is or is not working.
How long will it take?
Your journey is unique to you therefore the length of times to accomplish certain goals will be based on your desire and commitment for change and personal growth.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
Your commitment is imperative for your success.