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 ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason isn’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
The difference is between someone who can do something and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. 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, therapy 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, if 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?
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, therapy will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say on a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
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 are crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for a session a week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.
My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual counseling or come together?
If you are concerned about your relationship, and you would both like to work with me, I would you choose which of you would like to work with me, as I can only work with one in a relationship, the other I can refer to a colleague. The work each of you does in individual therapy will only benefit you in the relationship however I can only work with one of you and not both at the same time. Whomever I am working with always has the ability to invite the partner into his/her individual session if an ROI has been signed if doing so would benefit the client in therapy.
How do I align with your Counseling Office Online?
“Schedule an Appointment“ takes you to Setup via email to schedule initial appointment,
setup with counseling office online.
This will send me a message letting me know you’ve chosen a date and time that works for you, I confirm it works for me and voila you’re aligned!
I will then send you an email asking that you sign and fill out some intake documentation prior to our meeting to help me understand what your needs, history, and hopes for counseling are at this time so I know how best to help you.
You are able to schedule yourself as early as one day in advance, however, this is for only in-office.
If you wish to schedule for a Telehealth Appointment, I prefer that the initial appointment be in-person and then assess if you are appropriate for Telehealth.
Given how the times are, I understand some may prefer Telehealth and I’d be able to offer that as an option. If you prefer Telehealth and are open to an initial in-office, please let me know!