I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. I’m afraid if I need therapy, I must be crazy!
Not at all! Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason isn’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.
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, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Couldn’t I just pop a pill and call it a day?
Although medication can help some people, I know not everyone wants to go this route. Medication may mask the symptoms you’re dealing with, but as soon as you stop taking it – BAM! – there they are again. Through our work together, we can figure out the ROOT(S) of your current issues and address it (them) head on. Scary, I know, but worth it!
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
All you need to do is show up and be ready to get to work on feeling less HOT MESS and more YOUR BEST. That means, most importantly, being honest with me…and even more difficult…with yourself.
Oh, and you have to keep working towards YOUR BEST after you leave my office too. That’s where the real magic happens!
How long will it take?
See above. But really, its going to be different for everyone. I’ve seen some people for 6 weeks and some for 4 years. It depends on what brings you in to see me, how complex and/or longstanding these issues are, how consistently we are able to meet, how much you are able to focus on our work outside of sessions, and lots more. Humans are complicated! But we’ll get through it together.