I’ve never talked to a therapist. 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 when they know they need it aren’t weak at all – they’re strong.

Everyone needs help now and then, and sometimes it’s the battles with our own thoughts that are the hardest to fight on our own. During our sessions, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and then teach you how to use them to improve your mental health.

How is therapy different from talking to my best friend or member of my family?

Both therapy and your personal relationships can offer much-needed support. The main difference is that a mental health professional can help you identify problems and harmful behavior, and then teach you new skills to help you cope with those issues on your own.

Furthermore, talking to a third-party person – someone who doesn’t have any personal investment in the matter at hand – can create neutral ground for you. Sometimes, when we speak to people who love us, we are afraid to tell them things that we’re ashamed of. A therapist isn’t there to judge you and no matter what you say, their opinion of you will not change.

Additionally, everything you say to a therapist during a session is subject to doctor-patient confidentiality. Nothing you say will ever leave that space.

Can I just take medication and skip the therapy?

Medication (such as antidepressants or anti-anxiety drugs) can be effective, but it’s also important to solve underlying issues that cause the need for medication. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. While I cannot prescribe medication to my patients, I can work with your primary care physician to find the best solution for you, if you determine that medication is a path you’d like to take.

How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?

Because each person is different, each person’s sessions will be different. Some patients come with goals each session, while others want to talk through the stressors of their week and ask for my assistance in helping them cope. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.

How long will it take?

Unfortunately, this is not a one-size-fits-all answer. Everyone’s circumstances and goals are unique. Some people use therapy as a short-term solution to acute problems, while others choose to seek a therapist for years. We’ll work through this answer together.

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

Since you already know you want to make the most out of our sessions, you’re already doing a great job. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.