Do I need to talk to a therapist? I’m used to handling things on my own.
You may feel like you are at a point where you must talk to someone or you might feel like you could go either way. Therapy is relational and can help people see things with a different perspective, learn new ways of relating to the people around them, and find patterns that they do not benefit from in their life. It is also a place people come to grow in areas they feel are necessary. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to practice towards the problems or struggles you are having.
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, counseling 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, and 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.
How often do I attend sessions?
This is different for each person, and for different therapists. My work with clients often requires that clients attend therapy weekly to begin for the first few months, and then we go from there.
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.
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 will be crucial to your success.