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, we’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?
Friends are important, especially those who can listen and help you. However, a skilled mental health professional is trained to help you observe and learn your patterns to gather insights into your own experiences. With the assistance of a mental health professional, you will share your thoughts and feelings without judgement or expectations, learn new skills, gain new perspectives, and help you listen to and understand yourself more than you had before. Counseling is completely confidential, and provides the boundaries that prevent others from “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 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 does not teach you to understand yourself and your relationships. Medication can be used in conjunction with counseling and is sometimes needed. However, 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. We tailor our therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
How long will it take?
There is no set amount of time in therapy for any client. Every client’s needs and circumstances are unique. The length of time counseling can take will depends on the goals you desire for your own personal development, your commitment to them, and the factors that influenced your decision to seek counseling.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
We at Mental Health Solutions and Couples Therapy 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.