I’m used to handling things on my own. Why do I need therapy?
Sometimes we find that how we are handling things just isn’t working. Everyone needs help now and then and in therapy, you’ll be able to identify the problems you’re facing, explore possible solutions and put those solutions into action.
Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Actually quite the opposite. It takes courage to seek help and people who go to therapy realize they need help and are brave enough to ask for it. So in truth, people who go to therapy are pretty darn strong.
How does therapy work?
It depends on the individual, couple or family needs because each case is different. Clients discuss with their clinician the issues their dealing with and goals are created together for ways to address those issues.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend?
It’s great if you can talk to your best friend, but sometimes people find that just isn’t enough. A mental health professional can help you see your situation in a new way, teach you new skills to deal with it and through it you gain a different perspective. Sometimes just having someone to listen without judgment or expectations is enough. And it is completely confidential, so you won’t have to worry about others “knowing your business”,
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be effective but it cannot resolve all issues. Sometimes the need for medication goes hand in hand with counseling, but there are also times that counseling alone can be enough. However if medication is necessary, we can help you explore that option.
How long will it take?
That depends on many factors, like a persons presenting problem or commitment to and goals for therapy. Everyone’s circumstances are different, but your active participation and dedication will be essential to your success.