I’ve never talked to a therapist. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
On the contrary. It takes courage and strength to reach out when you think you might need help. Everyone needs support 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?
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I can help you approach your situation in a new and different way, teach you new skills, see your situation from a different perspective, 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 your business.” 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?
Medication can be effective but alone it cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with therapy. 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, learn, heal, and thrive.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different needs and goals, therapy sessions will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs. In general, you can expect to discuss the past and current issues that made you seek help, your personal history relevant to the issues, and report any progress or insight gained during and between sessions. I am a strength-based and solution-focused therapist, so you will also be asked to discuss what you have done in the past that has given you the ability to make it through those difficult times. Together, we will come up with solutions, tools and skills that you can apply in your day to day life. The ultimate goal of our work together is that therapy is no longer necessary because you will have received everything you needed to flourish and live a life you love.
How long will it take?
Depending on your specific concerns, therapy can be short-term if you feel your needs have been met. If you are dealing with more difficult patterns, therapy can be longer-term. Either way, it is common to schedule weekly sessions initially, and then space them out as progress has been made.
If I commit to therapy, what can I expect? How can I get the most out of therapy?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of our time together. You will get the most out of therapy if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in sessions back into your life. We will discuss things you can do between sessions to support your progress toward reaching your goals.
I'm not sure if I'm ready and I have a few more questions for you. Can I talk to you first to see if I'm comfortable with you before making an appointment? Can you tell me more about the complimentary consultation phone call?
Yes, I would love to talk to you and see if you think we might be a good fit. The consultation call is for you to tell me about your situation and ask me questions about how I work and what methods I might to use to help you. It also gives you a sense of my personality and what it’s like talking to me. By the end of our call, you should have a good idea of whether or not you want to work with me.
The call also gives me information on how I can best meet your needs; if I feel that I’m not the right therapist for you, I will give you an appropriate referral to someone else that could help you.
We can meet either ONLINE via confidential video or IN-PERSON ... whichever is more convenient for you.
IN-PERSON appointments are available at our offices.
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