I’ve never seen a therapist before. I’m used to handling things on my own. Are people who go to therapy weak?

Not at all! It’s a strength to ask for help and to reach out to others. Everyone needs help sometimes and I have experience working with people from all walks of life, including CEOs, physicians, athletes, accountants, students, homemakers, and even other therapists (Yes, we need help too sometimes).  I often meet with people who are successful and good problem-solvers but get “stuck” with a particular problem.  In therapy, we work together to leverage the strengths you already have while learning new skills, perspectives, and approaches to help you get “unstuck.”

What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?

Talking with supportive friends and family members can be very helpful, but there are a few additional advantages to meeting with a therapist. First, a therapist can help you approach your situation in a new way by teaching you new skills and helping you listen to yourself. Second, therapists are trained to be objective and consider multiple points of view during therapy.  Sometimes these unique perspectives can be helpful in working through a particular problem.  Third, therapy is confidential, so you don’t need to worry about a therapist sharing your personal details with others without your permission.  For more information about, and limitations to, confidentiality in therapy, please refer to the Informed Consent document located in the Intake Forms section of my website.

Why shouldn’t I just take medication?

Some people successfully mitigate emotional symptoms by taking medication in lieu of therapy, while others find relief from their symptoms by exploring the root cause of the issue(s) in therapy.  Still others find the best outcomes by using medication and therapy concurrently.  Which option will work best for you depends on your individual circumstance and treatment goals.  If you are interested in pursuing medication, then you can speak with your physician or psychiatrist for an assessment and to discuss potential treatment options.

How long will it take?

Everyone’s circumstances are unique and the length of therapy depends on many factors, including your ability to be vulnerable and open in therapy, your availability to meet on a regular basis, as well as, the individual circumstances that drove you to seek therapy in the first place.  With that said, sometimes therapy lasts only a few sessions, while other more complex issues may take several months. Sessions are usually for one hour, once a week or every two weeks, but may gradually decrease in frequency over the course of treatment.

I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?

Your active participation and dedication are crucial to your success in therapy. Allow yourself to be open and vulnerable during the sessions and seek to apply what you learn between our sessions. After all, we only see each other for a session a week or so. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.