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, individuals who seek out help are more in-tuned with their emotions and aware that they need additional support and tools to get them through a crisis. I have witnessed patients deal with life challenging illnesses with grace and dignity. I have also witnessed patients at their lowest point, lacking the support of family/friends and those persons often decline linkage to mental health services. The support of a knowledgeable and well equipped Mental Health Clinician can assist you in fostering adaptive coping skills and finding your inner strength.
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. 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.
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
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 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 appreciate your commitment to the therapy process. Your active and ongoing participation and dedication is crucial to your overall well-being. After all, we only meet once a week. It is the work that you do outside of our sessions that will help you meet your optimal emotional, mental, and physical health.