I’ve never talked to anyone before. Shouldn’t I be able to handle things on my own?
Everyone needs a little extra help now and then. People who come to therapy usually have tried to do it on their own and haven’t reached their goals. It takes courage and strength to acknowledge that you can’t fix things on your own. In our work together, I’ll help you explore your concerns and create solutions that will help you improve your life.
What’s the difference between talking to a psychologist instead of a friend or family member?
The difference is between someone who can offer support and someone who has the knowledge, skills, and expertise to help you create change. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way by teaching you new skills, gain different perspectives, and adopt new strategies. Furthermore, counseling is confidential. You won’t have to worry about others judging you or your concerns.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be effective in some situations but it alone cannot solve all mental health problems, issues, and concerns. Research indicates that medication in conjunction with counseling can be more effective than medication alone. While medication can address some of the physiological components of your concerns, it can not impact other important areas that are related to what you are experiencing. Also, while medication can treat some of the symptoms you are experiencing, it may not address the root cause of your concern.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Since each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will vary depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs and will help guide our sessions so they are helpful and productive to your concerns. If you don’t know what to say, I will help guide our conversation to use our time together productively to meet your needs.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, there is no easy answer. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling 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 counseling 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, motivation, and dedication will be crucial to your success and reaching your goals.
What if I’m unsure whether I need counseling or not?
You are always welcome to call or email me if you’d like to talk and ask questions. I’m happy to consult with you to determine if counseling might help assist you with your concerns.
Do you offer telehealth services
Yes! I’m happy to meet with you in person or via telehealth. I am credentialed through the Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT) and am able to provide telehealth services in over 30 states (https://psypact.org/mpage/psypactmap). Whether you prefer meeting in person or through telehealth, I’m happy to help!