Starting counseling, like any other new relationship can be scary. We know you have questions. You may have some you’re worried about even asking. But we want you to feel comfortable asking those questions. We’ve gone ahead and answered a few of the most common questions we hear clients ask here.
I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing. I actually see it as a sign of strength to know when and how to ask for help. Counseling will empower you to be yourself. In turn, you’ll feel like an even stronger version of yourself.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
The therapeutic relationship is unique. 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, counseling 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, and 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.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication for emotional problems?
Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Your therapist is always willing to work with your medication provider to make sure that your counseling supports any medication you take. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.
It’s also important that sometimes people who attend counseling are able to find relieve from depression, anxiety and other mental health concerns without even needing medication. Counseling is powerful and you may be surprised how much better you feel after you begin working with the right therapist.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. We tailor our therapeutic approach to your specific needs. Our therapists are trained in really effective therapy techniques and will choose the type of counseling that will give you the tools you need for your unique situation.
How long will counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.