I’ve never seen a counselor. I’m used to handling things on my own. Are people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. People ask for help 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, but they may not be working right now. Perhaps there is a problem that 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 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.
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 issue, 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? I want to get the most out of Therapy. 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. 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. We’ll talk about the issues that are bothering you, the hard stuff, the big stuff at a pace you’re comfortable with and when you’re ready.
My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual counseling or come together?
It is not helpful to move from individual into couple’s work with the same therapist because of potential trust issues and I wouldn’t want the other partner to feel like I’m taking sides or that I’m missing their part of the story. I have a great referral source that I would be happy to recommend for any of my individual clients looking to work with their partner in a couple’s therapy setting.