Professional Counseling or Psychotherapy Frequently Asked 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. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. 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.
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– 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.
Shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Many times 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.
Would I have to be in therapy for life?
The length of your treatment would be determined during your initial assessment and based on the goals you want to work on in therapy. Treatment plans are created around short-term and long-term goals. On average, most of our clients see significant changes after the first six sessions. To reach their goals, people typically complete 12 to 36 sessions. For best results, we recommend starting with weekly sessions.
How effective is online therapy?
Online therapy makes counseling more accessible from the comfort of your own home or office, allows you to use your time more efficiently by avoiding the traveling time, and reduces stress, as you don’t have to take time out of your busy schedule to get to an office to see your therapist. For example, you can obtain the same results from online therapy for anxiety as you would meeting your therapist in person.
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.