Is counseling only for “crazy” people with “mental illness”?
Not at all! 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. Most people seek help so that they can cope with disorders, stress, relationships, and grief. They wish to figure out who they really are and how to live life to the fullest. You can seek counseling for your career, sexual wellness, and self-improvement too.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family? Is counseling only for people who have no one to talk to?
There is a big difference. 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?
Psychologists, social workers, and counselors are not permitted to prescribe medicine. If they feel that you may benefit from medication, they will refer you to a Psychiatrist / Doctor. Ultimately, the decision to take medication is yours and as long as you are safe, I will support that decision.
Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. 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.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs. This is your journey, thank you for allowing me to ride along.
In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development.
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. I want you to be your true authentic self. This is what you signed up for!
If you are new to therapy don’t worry, I’m not! Let me use years of experience to put you at ease with a vibe that promotes open and honest communications.
Sit down, unwind, and unload the heaviness you’ve been shouldering for too long.
Sometimes there are things that no one can make better, that doesn’t mean you should go through it alone.