I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Do I really need therapy?
People who ask for help and know when they need it demonstrate positive emotional health. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, we’ll set goals and work to explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing. Just as we use coaches for our physical health, therapists help us enhance and improve our emotional health and conditioning.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
A therapist has the training and experience to approach problems differently than a family member or friend and can help you navigate your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, help you gain new perspective, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and most importantly help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing your business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, therapists are skilled in helping you develop techniques and tools for managing in a healthy and productive way.
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. Whereas medication targets and treats the symptoms of distress, therapy addresses the underlying causes, behavioral patterns, maladaptive beliefs and interpersonal obstacles to success. Sometimes both medication and therapy is recommended, and we are happy to coordinate with your medical provider to provide integrative care.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different goals and objectives for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. Your therapist will work with you to set goals specific to you and to understand what you hope to achieve from therapy. Sessions are especially productive when clients bring issues or topic to discuss. Often, clients use time in session to report back on progress made session to session, share any insight gained, and fine-tune tools and techniques that can be practiced throughout the week and beyond. Your therapist may also make suggestions such as journaling, reading a particular book or article, or encouraging you to take action on a stated goal.
How long will it 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 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?
We are so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.