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. Asking for help is a strength. Everyone needs help at some point. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, therapy can add to your existing strengths. Perhaps your current challenge feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your strengths. In our work together, we’ll help you improve your ability to cope with and overcome your current struggle.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
A professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– help you develop new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with talk therapy. However, medication alone cannot solve all issues. Medication can treat symptoms, while talk therapy helps you gain invaluable skills that can last a lifetime. Talk therapy is designed to explore a deeper understanding of your story and help you resolve internal conflicts.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
We are all individually and uniquely designed. Therefore, each person has different goals for therapy. Therapy session are tailored for you individual needs. Your therapist’s trained eyes and trained ears will help you understand your current challenge and help you find your path toward improved quality of life.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is difficult to predict. Each circumstance is unique and the duration of therapy can take depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
We are glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. Sessions are usually offered at a frequency of once weekly. It’s the work you do outside sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.
My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual counseling or come together?
If both, you and your partner are interested in couples therapy, we recommend starting therapy as a couple versus individual therapy. During couples therapy, an individual session is provided for a greater understanding of each partner’s story. However, this individual session is only offered after the initial couple session. Starting in individual therapy and moving to couples therapy with the same therapist is discouraged.