I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. isn’t therapy for when things are really bad or you have already received a mental health diagnoses?
Making the decision to seek help is a personal one and a choice each person can make without needing justification. Everyone needs help now and then. Therapy can be a resource to turn to.
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, therapy 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, if 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.
I don’t know how to feel about taking medication?
As a Licensed Clinical Social Work I can diagnose mental health conditions but I do not prescribe medication. As a therapist I will support your choice in therapy either way. Regarding your decision some things to consider. Research concludes a “gold standard for treatment” utilizes therapy, medication and support systems. In therapy we can work with whatever strengths are available to you to be effective with your care.
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. Using evidence based treatment we will work with a treatment plan created specifically for your needs and strengths. Treatment goals are measurable and precise to ensure progress.
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?
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 a session a week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.