I’ve never talked to a therapist or counselor. 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.
What’s the difference between talking to a therapist or counselor versus 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, counseling 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, and 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 for my depression/anxiety?
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 counseling sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, exactly what we cover in counseling sessions differs. When we first meet, I’ll get to know you and get a clear picture of what is going on in your life. Then, we’ll come up with a plan to help you meet your individual goals. I use a lot of Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques, but ultimately, I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
How long will counseling 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 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 will be crucial to your success. Additionally, your honesty in sessions (both with me and with yourself) is important. We may or may not discuss things you can do between counseling sessions to really get the most out of our work together.