I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Are people who go to counseling weak?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason isn’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, we’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.
What’s the difference between talking to a psychologist vs. 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, counseling and coaching 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.
Should 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. We can provide you with a list a referrals if this is a direction you would like to take.
How does counseling or coaching work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, sessions will be different depending on the individual. We tailor our approach to your specific needs. Generally speaking, the first session we will walk you through the necessary paperwork, discuss confidentiality, have you complete brief assessments, and begin to hear your story. The focus of the second session is to continue to hear your story and discover potential areas of strength and improvement. The following sessions will differ depending on your needs and current situation.
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 support in the first place.
I want to get the most out of my sessions. What can I do to help?
We are 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, you will only meet with us for one session a week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.