I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?

Not even close! People who ask for help are actually quite strong because they’re brave enough to admit when things aren’t working and they speak up when they know they need help. Everyone needs help from time to time. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason is not exactly working for you right now. And perhaps this problem feels overwhelming, which in turn, is making it difficult to access your strengths. Through our work together, I’ll help you to identify strengths and how to implement them in what is happening for you now.

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

The difference is between someone who can maybe help out or offer you some support versus someone who has the training, experience, and expertise to help you professionally. A trained professional can help you to approach your situation in a new way–teaching you valuable skills, helping you see from different perspectives, listening to you without judgments or expectations, and assisting you in accessing your deepest wisdom. Furthermore, our work together is entirely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others knowing about what we discuss. Lastly, if your situation provokes a lot of negative feelings and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, you risk that once you’re feeling better you can start avoiding that person so to avoid any painful or difficult reminders.

Why shouldn’t I just take medication?

Medication alone does not solve all issues. Medication only treats the symptoms. Our work together is designed to examine the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior, and teach strategies that can help you to accomplish your personal and/or relational goals.

Note: Medication can be effective and is sometimes used in conjunction with therapy, as needed.

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

Because each person has different issues and goals for treatment, therapy will be different for each individual, which is why I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.

How long will it take?

Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time that it will take for you to accomplish your goals also depends on your overall commitment and desire for change.

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

I love that you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions! Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success, especially since we only see each other once a week or bi-weekly. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will especially reveal to you the areas where you are growing and developing.

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 initially work with both of you together. After this work, if one of you would like to continue in individual sessions, I could work with only one of you. It is not helpful to move from individual into couple’s work with the same therapist because of potential trust issues.