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. In fact, recognizing that your life is not working and making the decision to seek out help is a very insightful and brave thing to do. It shows that you are committed to taking care of yourself. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help 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?

While some of us are lucky enough to have friends who are good listeners and give great advice, overly relying on people close to us can be problematic for a few reasons. First, there is no commitment to privacy. With a therapist, you will never have to worry about “people knowing my business” because we are bound by ethics and confidentiality laws. Second, people you know personally can have a vested interest in you acting a certain way or making a certain choice because it indirectly benefits them. Your therapist is not a close friend or family member, which affords objectivity to help you figure out what is truly best for you. Lastly, 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 they might begin to feel burnt out and pull away. You may also 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 often people find that they still have symptoms and struggles. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with therapy. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing while learning new skills to help you accomplish your personal goals. Research has shown that psychotherapy can make long-lasting changes to the brain similar to those seen with medication, without the problematic side effects!

How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?

Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.

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 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 counseling in the first place. After your evaluation is complete, I will give you individualized feedback about a treatment plan, including a time frame to complete our work.

I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?

I am so glad you are curious about what you can do to maximize your benefits! Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success. Take some time before your appointment to reflect on what you want to discuss. Practice skills outside of session. The more we pratice our skills the more natural and automatic they become. Most of all, be vulnerable. individuals that are willing to lean in to their vulnerability often find therapy to be more enriching. It is a safe space to truly be you. Give yourself permission to take advantage of that wonderful gift!