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.
You won’t have to worry about others “in 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 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.
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 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, counseling looks different depending on the individual. We match you with therapists based upon your specific needs and our therapists further tailor their approach based upon your conversations together. Common threads include some combination of a judgement-free space to talk, honest feedback and empirically validated techniques for creating real-world change. You just need to be as open as you can be about what’s going on.
How long will therpy 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.
Is out of network therapy worth the money?
Unfortuantely the old adage “you get what you pay for” is often true for psychotherapy. Because our practitioners have poured themselves into education and training to develop high levels of expertise, and because they value their own services and time, they do not feel comfortable accepting the very low rates that insurance companies offer. However, many people do get some reimburesment from their insurance companies for us as “out of network” therapists – we offer all of the paperwork needed to do that. Another factor to consider is that effective therapy is likely to enact change relatively quickly, ultimately saving money and time in the long run.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
We are so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success. Each of our therapists finds different types of collaboration to be most helpful to the process, so be sure to ask the therapist you’re matched with what would be helpful. Generally speaking you can get the most out of therapy if you are active seeking of opportunities to synthesize the therapy work into your real life by noticing patterns and experimenting with new behaviors. There is some evidence that combination therapies such as individual psychotherapy and group support or couples’ work and individual counseling can yield the most benefit.