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?

The difference is between talking to a friend who has the best of intentions but no training and to a counselor who has training and experience and uses evidence-based practices to help you with your problems. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way–-teach you new skills, and present a different perspective.

A counselor listens to you without judgment or expectations, and helps you listen to yourself. Counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Finally, 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.

Why shouldn’t I just take medication?

Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes 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.

How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?

Each person has different issues and goals for counseling, and so I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.

How long will it take?

Each person’s circumstances are unique. The length of time it will take for you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place.

What can I do to get the most out of my therapy?

You will get better faster and start living the life you deserve sooner if you attend your sessions faithfully and do your best to complete any at-home assignments I give you.