Isn’t therapy for the “weak-minded”? I’ve never talked to anyone. Shouldn’t I be able to handle this on my own?
Not at all. I tell my patients it’s like this. You wouldn’t be embarrassed or afraid to reach out if you needed a specialist for physical or dental health. You would call a chiropractor for back pain and an orthodontist for straighten out your teeth, without hesitation. It’s the same thing when it comes to mental health.
There are times in our lives when we just need specialists, and it is okay. Life is fast paced, can be stressful and overwhelming. There is no need to be embarrassed, and in fact, it doesn’t mean we will need specialized treatment forever either, it may just be for a short period of time.
Don’t let stigma prevent you from getting the help you need and deserve.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend?
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. The truth is, when we talk to a loved one, we are emotionally connected to that person and that person is attached to us. It skews the way they think. They often want to protect us, make hasty decisions on what they feel is best for us and they may tend to struggle with discerning their emotions from what may be best for the situation. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.”
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals. Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy.
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 therapy 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 therapy 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 is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for a session a week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.