I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own.
I totally get it. You’re a strong woman or teen thats used putting on a tough face and facing difficulties head on, without anyone’s help. The truth is, everyone needs help now and then. You’ll become even more resilient when you allow others to help you.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. 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, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
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 those really difficult places and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal goals.
That’s not to say medication isn’t effective, in fact it can be a great companion to 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. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs. I am open to trying things that may have helped you in the past. I can show you techniques or ways of thinking that may be completely new to you. I ask that you show up open and willing to experience anything that comes up for you.
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. We will go at your pace so that nothing feels rushed or overwhelming (and if does, we’ll explore that!).
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.