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 our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing. I tend to find that those who are willing to engage in therapy are stronger and healthier than those who do not.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
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, hold you accountable, and help you listen to yourself. Therapists can look at your unique circumstances from a different perspective than someone who is personally involved in your life. Sometimes, this might mean that your therapist can challenge you in ways that a friend would not. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential and you can rest assured that anything you share in therapy sessions is completely private.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different challenges and goals for therapy, sessions will be unique to the individual. Fostering a sense of trust, security, and connection during sessions is the first priority. It is also important to identify goals for therapy, which will allow us to pay attention to your individual progress. Some people want therapy sessions to be a space to process and gain new perspective about their experience that week, others want to dive into experiences from their past that still impact them today, some people want specific homework tasks in between sessions and others do not. Therapy is a place where you will receive support, gentle challenges and accountability toward the goals you have for your life.
How long will it take?
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?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication during and outside of sessions will be crucial to your success.
What is your personality like?
I am told that I am genuine and have a calm presence. I have a big heart and I highly value that people trust me with their stories, which I think will be apparent during our sessions together. I am down-to-Earth and I have a good sense of humor. I am not easily shocked and I am emotionally prepared to hear whatever it is you want to share with me. I have a knack for easing people’s tensions or worries about therapy and one of my top priorities is to help you feel safe. I am passionate, strong-willed and assertive in my personal life and I think this helps me to be a really good advocate for my clients.