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 someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. Relying on a professional for help will allow you to enjoy the relationships you have with friends and family without making others feels overwhelmed.
What about medications?
Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. For some serious problems, medication might be helpful in giving you the support you need to get the most out of therapy. 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?
Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic and/or and medication management approaches to your specific needs. Honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness to change or try new approaches are crucial parts of bringing about lasting change.
How long will it take?
My first appointment with patients is an important one and is scheduled to last up to 2 hours. In my opinion, it takes that long to really get to know you and understand all the factors that have played a part in why you came to see me. As a physician, I also take a careful history to see if medical issues might be contributing to your symptoms. Hopefully, by the end of the two hours (basically a double session) we can both arrive at a set of goals and a plan moving forward
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 and dedication will be crucial to your success. There will be things you can do between sessions, such as books, mindfulness practices, and exercise that can help you achieve your goals sooner.