I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
It’s natural to have questions about what therapy and coaching are and can do for you. For me coaching and therapy are combined into a cohesive experience. Therapy is the process of exploring yourself, your patterns and your life experience in order to understand what has brought you to this point in your life. and coaching is learning and using new tools that support the strengths you already have and empower you to be able have the life you want.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
Having a supportive friend or family member is a blessing .But no matter how much they love you they have their own views on what they think you should do or not do. Also, you can hold yourself back because you are stuck being overly concerned about their approval or disapproval which will block you from exploring a full range of options and choices. As mental and emotional health professional I 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 most of all help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.”
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
While Medication alone cannot solve all issues it can be an effective part of the healing process. If you are on medication it is important for me to know and you will continue with your current medication provider. If you are not on medication it maybe something we discuss together to see if in your situation it would be helpful. The decision is yours and if you decide that you want to consider medication you can see your PCP or I can refer you to a medication provider.
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 want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
One of the most useful and powerful things that you can bring to your therapy process is an attitude of willingness, openness and being dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation is crucial to your success. Typically, in the beginning you and I will meet once a week.While much can be accomplished in a session it’s what you continue to practice and explore outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development
My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual counseling or come together?
This is a question that often comes up and has a variety of answers. Depending on the couple and the situation I may meet with you both for an initial assessment session or I may meet with each of you individually so that each person can talk freely which maybe the best way for me to assess how best to be of help. This is something I discuss with on the phone before we schedule the first meeting.