"Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.”
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.
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.
I’m a very private person and I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. People ask for help when they’re ready for change. Everyone needs help now and then.You already have strengths that you’ve used before, and for whatever reason, they aren’t serving you right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I’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 you or my best friend or family?
The difference is between someone who cares about you but is untrained, 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– listen to you without judgment or expectations, gain different perspectives, teach you new skills, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.”
Is medication right for me?
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 for awareness, and help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals. Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy. We can discuss it, and it’s always your decision.
My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual counseling or come together?
Many times couples work illuminates issues that would benefit greatly from individual therapy . For that reason, I encourage couples to also be in individual therapy, either before or at the same time as couples work.