I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Are people who go to therapy only in crisis situations?
Not at all! Anyone is welcome to come to therapy, no matter the severity of the situation. Sometimes we just need that outside perspective. Therapy is for anyone who has the ability and vulnerability to reach out for support. Everyone needs help now and then, and it takes a strong and intuitive person to ask for guidance in times of need. My work is client centered and strength based; I am here to help you access those strengths as well as identify and implement your best coping mechanisms. I work with clients on various concerns such as work stressors, relationship and or family struggles, self identity exploration, as well as self improvement.
Why shouldn’t 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. Medication questions and or concerns should be explored with your doctor.
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. We will work together to create a plan that best fits your needs.
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 is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other 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. We will talk more about this together, as we set up goals for inside and outside of session.
My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual counseling or come together?
If you are concerned about your relationship, and you feel that your main struggles involve your relationship as a whole, I would initially meet with both of you together. We can then decide from there, the best course of action moving forward. I also provide referrals for my couples counseling clients to see individual therapists throughout our treatment together, if desired.