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.
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, 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?
Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. 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.
Where to start?
Give me a call or send me a message through the contact page to set up a free 15-minute initial phone interview to ask any questions and to determine if we’re a good fit. The interview is your opportunity to tell me more about what brings you to therapy/ coaching. During the interview, I’ll ask you some questions, which include information about your situation and needs, as well as additional questions about what you’re hoping to get out of the therapy/ coaching experience. Together, we will determine the treatment that best fits your needs and schedule.
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. 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 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.
How long are the sessions?
Sessions last 50 minutes unless otherwise discussed prior to our appointment.
How often would we meet?
Therapy sessions are scheduled weekly. Coaching sessions depends on your goals. Meeting weekly, especially in the beginning is important because it can take a few sessions to establish a relationship and get to know one another. From there, we can determine how often we’ll meet based on your needs.
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.
Are online sessions just as good as being in person?
Online sessions are just as effective as meeting in person. All the nuances of facial expressions and body language can be seen through video just as they can in person. Many of my clients have commented that they prefer online sessions because they do not have to allocate additional time to travel to and from an office, deal with traffic, parking, etc. and they feel more comfortable in their home or office.