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.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
A mental health professional is trained to 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. We also are an objective person who will keep your confidences and help you discover your inner wisdom.
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. We will thoroughly assess your needs for both medication and therapy and we will respect your choices on both. We believe sometimes the best outcomes happen when you combine medication with evidenced based therapy approaches.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling and/or medication management 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 will be crucial to your success. As we teach you new skills, it is helpful to practice these skills as often as you can between sessions.