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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to some common questions

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. Despite the stigma, vulnerability is a strength and everyone requires support in their life. If you are a parent looking for support I will be the first to tell you that parenting is a hard job that no one provided you a manual for. I believe that all people have strengths and skills and I work with these strengths that you or your children already have and support you in developing alternative skills to create solutions that will apply to your life. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.

What's the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?

Seeking a therapist has many benefits. A mental health professional not only has intensive training and education around providing support but 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 and non-biased. 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.

Shouldn't I just take medication?

Medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior, and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals.
Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy.

Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy.


How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?

Because each person has different concerns and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs. Sessions are likely once a week, for around 50 minutes per session. 


How long will it take?

Unfortunately, it's not possible to give a general answer.  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. Dependent on your situation I will make recommendations during our sessions for things to “practice” outside of our sessions in order to support your growth in the process.

My family is having problems. Should we be in individual counseling or come together?

If you are concerned about how your family works together, and you would all like to be seen to work with me on how you can all come together more effectively and communicate in healthier ways, I would initially meet with you all and create an assessment based on the needs of your family. After this assessment, I will recommend a course of treatment that might including individual work for some family members and family therapy as needed.

Can’t find the answer to your question? Contact me and I’ll get back to you.

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