Frequently Asked Questions
The key to getting answers in life is asking the questions. This certainly applies to counseling and therapy. Here are just few of the most common questions I hear. Please reach out if have others.
I’ve never talked to a professional counselor, because I just handle things on my own. Is it true that people who go to therapy are weak?
Absolutely not. It takes self-awareness and courage to reach out and ask for help – and everyone needs help sometimes. As we work together, I’ll work with you to explore and understand your strengths and how to draw on them to reduce the impact of the problems you are confronting.
What will talking to you do that talking to my friend or family won’t?
Talking to friends and family can be helpful, but as a mental health professional, I can help you address your challenges in a new way. I can teach you new skills and help you gain different perspectives. I can also listen to you without expectations or judgment, and I can help you really listen to yourself. And of course, counseling is completely confidential. Also consider that discussing deeply emotional issues can change or even damage your relationship with friends and family members, which is a risk you may not want to take.
Can’t I just take some kind of medication instead?
Taking medication can be effective depending on the situation, but it cannot solve all issues by itself. Sometimes medication is needed in combination with counseling but not always. Our work together will explore and reveal the issues you are dealing with and build on your strengths to help you reach your personal goals.
How does counseling work? What happens in the sessions?
Every person has different issues and goals for counseling, so it will be different for each individual. My approach is always tailored to your specific needs.
How long will it take?
That can’t be answered so simply. Each person’s situation is unique, so we can’t estimate the counseling time needed to reach your goals until we know more and determine your commitment to personal development and the factors that have moved you to seek counseling in the first place.
What can I do to get the most out of counseling?
That is an excellent question and shows that you are committed to achieving the best outcome of our work together. Your active participation and dedication will be vital to your success.