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 identify and explore your strengths and how to apply 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 someone who can listen and offer advice, and someone who has the training, objectivity, and experience to listen with a certain “trained ear” to help you sort out your problems. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way – teach you new skills, help you gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself.

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 psychotherapy. We can discuss whether medication might be a helpful addition, and I can refer you to someone with the authority to prescribe.

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

Psychotherapy is a collaborative process to observe, discuss, and problem-solve regarding your current difficulties and related issues, such as coping skills, relationships, and experiences that may have affected the current situation. There is no guarantee that a specific result will emerge from therapy; however, as goals are developed, progress toward them will be discussed on an ongoing basis. Different types of therapy, such as group, couples, or family, or consultation with or transition to other professionals, may be discussed and considered or recommended. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.

How long will it take?

Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time psychotherapy 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 therapy in the first place. I have often said “we will work for just the right number of sessions necessary to help you reach your goals.”

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

I am glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation will be crucial to your success. Sometimes therapy involves doing “homework” between sessions. We will discuss how to make this most productive for you.