I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
True strength is recognizing when you need help. Humans are meant to exist in relationship with each other. This means that your healing is my healing, we are all interconnected, and sometimes another set of eyes on your struggles is important. Of course you could handle it on your own, but why should you have to? Don’t be a hero. But in all seriousness, I have been a therapist for 9 years and I have yet to work with anyone that I would categorize as “weak.”
What’s the difference between talking to you and my best friend or family?
Well, for one, I don’t know you. I bring to the table a clear, unbiased mind. I also like to think that therapists have some additional learned skills that a friend or family member may not. Additionally, there’s no gossip coming out of my room. What you say in here, stays in here! It’s amazing what you might feel comfortable talking about when you know there’s no risk of anyone finding out.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Hey, medication is rad. Sometimes our brains aren’t doing what they should and they need a little help. If you don’t have your own serotonin, store bought is fine! But sometimes medication isn’t the best first step or the only solution needed. We can discuss whether you feel like medication is needed and I can help you find a good referral for someone that can help you with that if you decide you want to consider medication.
In your work with me, we will work to identify the reasons the symptoms of a mental health issue exist, learn tools to manage them without medication, and explore options for treating your whole person.
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. Mostly you just have to show up!
How long will it take?
I wish there was a good answer for this. The duration of time that you are in therapy will be determined by your goals, commitment, and the reason you are seeking therapy in the first place. The timeline for healing is not linear and can’t be determined in advance. Sessions, on the other hand, will last between 50 and 60 minutes each time, depending on need.