Our years of practice allowed us to gather the most common questions people ask us, especially if they still hesitate to attend therapy. So, if you want to take the first steps toward recovery, we encourage you to peruse the answers to frequently asked questions about our services. If you have any questions not included in the section below, please know we are always willing to address them if you contact us.
Since I’m used to handling things independently and never talked to anyone, I don’t think therapy is for me. Aren’t those seeking counseling considered weak?
That’s not the case. Most individuals express reluctance to seek help because they think people undergoing therapy are weak. However, seeking help does not indicate weakness. Those who seek help recognize when they need it and have the courage to ask for it. It is normal for everyone to require assistance from time to time. Although you may have used your strengths in the past, your current problem might feel overpowering, making it difficult to access those strengths. Our therapist will work with you to help you recognize and regain your skills and assist you in implementing them to handle your current situation.
Is opening up to a friend or family different from talking to a professional therapist?
The distinction lies between a person capable of listening and someone with professional training and acquired relevant experience to support you thoroughly. A mental health expert can assist you in dealing with your circumstances in a novel way, educate you on new abilities, offer fresh viewpoints, listen without being critical or having preconceptions, and encourage you to listen to yourself. Additionally, therapy guarantees complete privacy— eliminating the fear of others discovering personal details. Lastly, if you have been sharing your troubles with a friend or family member and your situation generates intense negative emotions, you may avoid that person after recovering to prevent yourself from getting reminded of such a challenging phase in your life.
Why should I also attend therapy sessions instead of solely taking medications?
Merely relying on medication is not a comprehensive solution, as it only addresses the symptoms. The purpose of undergoing a collaborative approach is to delve into the underlying cause of the issue, thoroughly analyze your conduct, and impart techniques. Thus, medication (when partnered with therapy) aids in achieving your individual and interpersonal objectives.
How does therapy work, and how long does an average session take?
The approach and tasks involved in therapy sessions vary from person to person, depending on individual issues and goals. Our team customizes every therapeutic strategy to suit the specific requirements of each client seeking therapy. As for the duration, we cannot disclose the estimated time of therapy sessions as it depends on individual circumstances, including the level of commitment, desire for personal growth, and underlying factors driving the need for therapy.
What can I do to maximize the benefits of undergoing therapy?
It makes us happy to know you’re fully committed to making the most of your sessions! Your active participation and dedication are pivotal in achieving success, especially since we only meet once a week. Remember, the progress you make outside our sessions will become the driving force that promotes your personal growth and development. So the best thing you can do is to adhere to your therapist’s instructions, take things at your pace, and appreciate your progress.