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. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before that aren’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and makes it difficult to access your past strengths. We’ll help you identify what those strengths are and discover how to implement them again.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
A mental health professional has the training to help you approach your situation in a new way. They can teach you new skills, share different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing your business.”
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication alone cannot solve all issues. It treats symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior, and teach strategies to help you accomplish your personal and relational goals. Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy.
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. We tailor our therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
How long will it take?
Everyone’s circumstances are unique. Several factors affect the length of time it takes to accomplish your goals, including your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual counseling or come together?
If you are concerned about your relationship and would like to work with us, we would initially work with both of you together. After this work, we can move on to individual sessions if you want to continue your own personal work. It is not helpful to move from individual therapy into couples work with the same therapist because of potential trust issues.