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.
How do I know if you’re the right counselor for me?
This is so important; you must feel comfortable with me and I must feel as if I can be of some benefit to you! A referral source will be provided if, at any point, you or I feel we aren’t the best match.
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.
Is information shared during counseling confidential?
Personal information will NOT be disclosed without your permission. In rare cases, I may be ethically or legally required to break confidentiality. Exceptions to confidentiality are explained further in the Informed Consent form and can be discussed with me at any time.
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, it will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the duration depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.
What if I need to cancel or reschedule an appointment?
Please cancel or reschedule within 24 hours by calling the office or utilizing the client portal. The spot is reserved for you; therefore, if you fail to do so, preventing others from making an appointment at that given time, you will be responsible for a $25 no-show fee. The third no-show appointment will result in full payment of the service and possible discontinuation of services.