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    I’ve never been to therapy. I’m used to handling things on my own. What’s the difference between talking to you instead of a friend or family member?

    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.

    A mental health professional has the training and experience to help you approach your situation in a new way. I can teach you new skills, help you gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Also, counseling is completely confidential, so you won’t have to worry about information being shared without your consent.

    Can 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 to help you accomplish your personal goals.

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

    Come with an open mind and just be yourself. 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. The length of time counseling will take to allow you to accomplish your goals 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. Come with questions and goals in mind to share (if you have them). Take notes during the week of things that come up so you’ll remember to talk about them when we see each other. Be patient with yourself and your own process of healing.