I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Why should I seek therapy?

People typically consider reaching out to a therapist when, despite their best efforts, their emotions are getting in the way of enjoying life, work, and relationships.  Therapy is often an effective way to gain new perspectives and insights on your problems.  This can help you to weather difficult times, or put events from the past back where they belong.

What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family member?

Counselors have training in helping people address issues that are interfering in their lives.  Additionally, counseling takes place in a non-social relationship.  This means that you will have the privacy you need to explore solutions to the problems you are facing.  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. Furthermore, counseling is confidential, with some exceptions.

Will I need to take medication?

Licensed Mental Health Counselors do not offer advice regarding medications, nor are they licensed to prescribe medications.  Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths to help you feel better and accomplish your personal goals.  If we agree that you might benefit from approaches in addition to counseling, I can refer you to a licensed prescriber so that you can discuss options regarding medication.

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

I work in a collaborative way, meaning that we will have open conversations focused on the issues that seem most important to you.  Your part involves thinking about and verbalizing what you would like help with and areas you would like to improve in your life.  Your part of a successful counseling experience might also involve being open to new ways of thinking, keeping a journal, or doing some reading between sessions.

How long will it take?

The length of treatment depends on your goals and circumstances.  We will collaborate on what a successful outcome would look like for you and check in frequently regarding progress.  People typically begin winding down when they feel better either by transitioning to shorter sessions, more infrequent sessions, or both.

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

Your consistent and active participation will be enhanced by thinking about the ways in which you would like your life or emotions to change.  Your vision about where you would like to go will inform the process of getting there.