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 strength to reach out. Everyone needs help at different life stages . There are strengths that have been utilized previously. However, enhanced skill sets and coping mechanisms might be needed for these specific current challenges. Life’s vicissitudes can be overwhelming, strategies to manage, cope, and overcome them also have to be upgraded.
What’s the difference between talking to a licensed professional, my best friend or family?
A licensed professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– provide you with new skills, assist you to gain different perspectives, listen without judgment or expectations, and help enhance abilities to bring forth inner awareness. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. No worries about others “knowing your business.” Lastly, if the situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, there is a risk that once the challenges have been managed, avoiding that friend or family member so you aren’t reminded of those difficult times could become another issue.
Why 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.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, each experience will be different depending on the individual. Being open, receptive, and honestly engaged in the process is what you will bring to the sacred space. Therapeutic approaches will be tailored to suit your specific needs.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to accurately predict as everyone’s circumstances are unique to them. The length of time therapy can take to allow one to accomplish their goals depends on the desire for personal development, commitment, and factors that are driving one to seek therapy in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
This is a great attitude to begin the mind renewal process! Active participation and dedication is crucial to the success of your healing process. Sessions typically happen once a week; however, it is the personal work you carry from sessions and apply throughout the week that will enhance your personal growth and development.
My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual or couples’ counseling?
If you are concerned about your relationship, and you would both like to work on its improvement, initial sessions would be the couple. Some components of couples therapy include individual sessions. However, with consent, what’s discussed during individual times are brought back to the couple’s session to avoid the appearance of taking sides, continued trust issues, and triangular pitfalls.