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. In our work together, I’ll 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?
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.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. 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 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.
Which therapeutic technique do you use?
I have an eclectic approach and I will tailor the work to meet your individual needs. Establishing a therapeutic relationship is extremely important to me. During this time, my goal is to learn how you show up in the word and how the world treats you. I want to know about your culture, your identity, your dreams and your regrets. I also work from a whole person perspective and believe there are often intersections between our emotional, physical and social concerns. I will “pull” from the most effective technique for you. These may include:
- Acceptance and Commitment (ACT)
- Clinical Supervision and Licensed Supervisors
- Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
- Cognitive Processing (CPT)
- Culturally Sensitive
- Emotionally Focused
- Expressive Arts
- Family / Marital
- Mindfulness-Based (MBCT)
- Motivational Interviewing
- Positive Psychology
- Prolonged Exposure Therapy
- Psychobiological Approach Couple Therapy
- Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
- Trauma Focused