I’ve never talked to a professional. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who need therapy weak?
Not at all – in fact reaching out to others when you need it most is a strength and shows courage. Everyone needs help now and then. Think of therapy as another tool to utilize in addition to the other skills and strengths you already embody.
What’s the difference between talking to a therapist or to my best friend or family?
Friends and family are amazing support and not to be discounted as an important part of your life, as we absolutely require a social connection. But a trained a therapist 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, sessions are completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Your loved ones are great, they just aren’t your therapist.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Instead of just treating the symptoms, therapy addresses the root cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that obstruct our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what’s best for you, and in some cases, a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
It’s your time. It’s your pace. In our initial appointment, we will review the issues you would like to work on and collaborate about how best to get started. In the session, all you have to do is be yourself (corny right?) but it’s true! That is why therapy is so unique – leave everyone’s expectations of you at the door. This time is about YOU.
How long will it take?
Therapy doesn’t have to last forever. The length of therapy depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them. My job is to help you achieve your goals and make the changes you want to make.
How often will we meet for therapy?
Consistency brings the best results. Most of my clients come in weekly at a set time. Committing to and prioritizing that time is ideal and equates to better outcomes. Occasionally, people attend therapy more often and may come twice a week for a period of time. Alternately, you may request to reduce therapy frequency to once or twice a month once things improve in order to maintain gains. We will figure out the best frequency of sessions through discussions together.
Are you LGBTQ-friendly?
Definitely! Respect and celebration of diversity is a core value of mine. I strive to create a safe space for all my clients.