How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
It’s your time. It’s your pace. We start out with a free 15-minute phone consultation. I have the opportunity to get to know the support you are seeking and you have the opportunity to get to know myself and the services I provide. We then schedule an initial appointment, where we review the issues you would like to work on in greater detail. In 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.
I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Is seeking therapy a sign of weakness?
Not at all – in fact reaching out to others when you need it most is a strength. 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 you or my best friend or family?
A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– introduce different skills, offer alternative perspectives, listen to you without judgment, and help you tune in to your own voice. A therapist is objective and therapy is confidential – those elements are hard to find when talking to friends and family.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication is another tool designed to alleviate and/or lessen symptoms of a larger problem. Medication alone cannot solve all issues, however that doesn’t mean it isn’t a choice worth exploring. As a Marriage and Family Therapist, it is outside my scope to recommended or prescribe medication, however I am happy to work in conjunction with your psychiatrist.
How long will I be in therapy?
Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them. 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. Remember it’s your pace – you are driving the change.