I’ve never been to therapy. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. Everyone needs help now and then. Asking for help is a sign of courage and strength NOT weakness. You already have some coping strategies that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason aren’t working right now. Often when our usual tools aren’t enough it’s a sign we’re ready for deeper healing, more effective tools, or just more support.
What’s the difference between working with you vs. other mental health practitioners?
I offer many of the same tools and strategies offered by strictly traditional therapists that play an important role in creating positive change. However, I go even deeper within your being to address the root cause of your problems at the spiritual level with holistic healing techniques. Over time you mind-body-spirit gains greater integration and ability to maintain wholeness, which results in more ease in applying your new tools and skills.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms, not the underlying dynamics. Our work together is designed to explore and heal the root cause of your problems, dig deep into your being to heal core wounds that keep you stuck, and teach new strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals.
Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy. If you are in need of medication, I will refer you to a medical professional who can assess your needs and prescribe the appropriate medication.
How does therapy work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs. Some sessions will require active participation on your part while other sessions include techniques in which you will be more passive and receptive.
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 length of time therapy can 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 therapy 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 is crucial to your success. The work you do outside of therapy practicing your new tools and taking small and consistent steps toward your goals will play a large role in your outcomes.
My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual therapy or come together?
If you are concerned about your relationship, and you would both like to work with me, I would initially work with both of you together. After this work, if one of you would like to continue in individual sessions, I could work with only one of you. Meeting with you both as a couple will assist me to assess if you would benefit from individual therapy instead of or in conjunction with couples therapy. Oftentimes, only one partner is willing to participate in therapy. You can still address and improve some issues in your relationship with just one partner. However, optimum outcomes in your relationship may require couples therapy.