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.
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, 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.
What will happen in the first session?
The first therapy session is very similar to the first time that you meet someone. I will review all completed intake forms prior to meeting with you in order to make the best use of our time during your session. I want to get a good understanding of you are and what your goals are for therapy. During our first few sessions, I will ask you a lot of questions and it’s important that you answer truthfully in order to have the best experience possible. In this session, we will also review office policies as well as the limits of confidentiality. In every session, I will always be sure to have time to answer any questions you may have.
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 many sessions will I need?
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. At times, I may send you articles and other information related to what we discussed in session. It would be great for you to review that information so that we can discuss it together.
Do I have to come into the office for therapy?
No, you don’t. I understand that work, school and traffic can sometimes prevent us from getting somewhere. That is why I also offer video teleconference therapy sessions through my confidential and secure telehealth platform. Telehealth appointments can be very beneficial if getting to a traditional in-person appointment is a hassle for you. All you have to do is schedule online and access the link to the video conference that I will send you!
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