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I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Why should I choose to seek counseling?

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?

Seeking the help of a professional counselor provides you with the training, treatment methods, and tools a counselor is equipped to provide in a therapeutic relationship. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a purposeful manner  – 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. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing your business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there could be risks to those relationships.  Talking with a professional counselor can serve to protect your personal relationships.

Why shouldn’t I just take medication?

Medication can be effective but it alone cannot always solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. 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 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 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 generally see clients weekly or biweekly depending on the needs of the individual.

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. We work as a team, but your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.