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    Frequently Asked Questions

    I’m used to handling things on my own. How can a therapist help me?

    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, we’ll dig deeper into the issues you’re struggling with—any unhealthy patterns or areas where you’re feeling stuck. We’ll focus on your strengths and use them to reframe and overcome the problems you are facing.

    What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?

    A therapist can help you approach your situation in a new way—teach you new skills, share different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. There may also be risks or consequences in confiding your feelings to a friend or family member. Therapy is completely confidential, which allows you to be more open and honest about your feelings and circumstances.

    Why shouldn’t I just take medication?

    Medication can be effective, but it alone cannot solve all issues. Our work together is designed to explore the problems you are experiencing and give you tools to help you feel better, build healthy relationships, and accomplish your personal goals. Sometimes medication can be useful in conjunction with counseling.

    How does it work? What happens in therapy sessions?

    Because each person has different issues and goals when seeking out counseling, it will vary depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs, and will identify the best ways to guide and support you.

    How long will it take?

    Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them, and the length of time that counseling can take for you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for change and personal growth, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place. I offer both short-term, solution-focused counseling and longer-term therapy.

    I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?

    I’m so glad you’re committed to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to our work together, and will enable you to make meaningful changes in your life.