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. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. Our therapists will 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?
Talking to a best friend or a family member can be helpful to get something off your chest but you may not get solutions from those people. And sometimes those people in your life are the people you need to get some advice about!
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.
Can’t I just take medication?
Medication is sometimes an essential part of your treatment plan but all research has shown that medication is effective when used together with talk therapy. Medication does not provide coping skills for the issues you may be facing, it only addresses the biochemical issues in your brain and body.
Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.
How does therapy 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. Each therapist tailors the therapeutic approach to your specific needs. We encourage feedback from each person to ensure you are getting what you need out of therapy because each person needs different approaches and coping skills. The time you have with your therapist is yours, so it is completely appropriate to let them know what is working and what is not in the sessions with them.
How long will therapy 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.
However, this should be an ongoing conversation between you and your therapist as therapy progresses because accomplishing treatment goals should be part of your progress in working together.
I want to get the most out of therapy. 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 will be crucial to your success. Sometimes your therapist may give you things to work on in between sessions and it will be crucial to your success to report back honestly what you accomplish in between sessions because our work together will be minimal compared to the time you spend with yourself in between sessions.
Who is part of my treatment team?
Whoever you feel like is a support person that should be included! For some, they have come to therapy on their own and don’t feel like they need support from others in their therapy journey. This is a highly individualized process for each person we work with.
In some instances, we may ask for information from family members or people close to you that can provide information and/or support if and when you think that would be helpful to you progressing in your work with your therapist.
In other instances, we may refer to additional professionals such as a medication provider, nutritionist, or primary care provider when there are issues going on that are outside our scope of practice. We work collaboratively with many providers in the area to provide the best comprehensive care as we believe in a holistic approach to your care.