FAQs

I’ve never talked to anyone – I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy looked down upon?

Not at all. People who ask for support know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs support now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the stress of the problems you are facing.

What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?

A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way – teach you new skills, help you gain a different perspective, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and encourage you to listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential – you won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business,” and you can confide in someone who is more removed from the situation.

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, but counseling is an important piece that should not be ignored. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing, understand more about what’s happening for you and why, and expand on the strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.

How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?

You just have to be you! For 55 minutes, we can talk (or not talk) about whatever you want! Many clients bring in issues they are facing in their relationships, careers, or life in general, and I help them explore their problems. I might ask questions, point them toward their feelings, encourage them to notice their sensations, or offer suggestions.

Do I have to commit?

I strongly believe in feeling out every situation to see if it’s right for you. If you feel like we might be a good fit, call today for a 20-minute phone consultation. If that goes well, let’s set up an intake appointment so that we can both assess if we are a good match. If so, we can schedule another appointment. You are welcome to schedule just one appointment at a time, and you can end your therapy at anytime.

How often should we meet?

I find that weekly sessions make for the most effective therapy. The consistency helps us build a trusting relationship and process issues as they arise in your life. For some clients, however, weekly meetings are not possible, and so I work with your schedule to find a routine that works for you.

How long will I come to therapy?

That’s entirely up to you! Some of my clients are interested in working on one issue, and when that feels resolved, they end therapy. Others come when they’re going through a difficult time in their lives, and when they transition out of that, they go off on their own. Still others come to work on their personal growth and might continue for a few years before terminating. I welcome this to be a continued conversation in therapy!

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.

 

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