Not at all. People who come to therapy are strong enough to ask for help when they need it.
Everyone needs help now and then. If something isn’t working, whether it’s in your personal life, professionally, with a significant other, or with your family, therapy can help.
In our work together, I’ll help you identify your strengths and how to implement them in order to reach your goals.
When you talk to a friend, they give you advice based on their past experiences. When you talk to a professional, they listen and help you make your own decisions about your life.
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. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing your business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, if 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.
Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy.
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 am so glad to hear that you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for a session a week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.
1. Consistency is key to reaching your goals. Additionally, it is vital to give yourself at least one hour a week where you can put yourself first to focus on YOU.
2. Develop a stronger rapport with your therapist. It is easier and more likely that you will become more comfortable with your therapist and more apt to opening up in the therapy session if you are meeting with them regularly
3. A set, weekly time helps makes therapy an expected part of your routine. Having infrequent or inconsistent appointments with your therapist can lead to forgetting sessions or stunting your growth and development in therapy.
4. Avoid cancellation fees. We do have a cancellation fee. Be mindful that if you cannot make it to see us, let us know 24 hours in advance.
5. Going to therapy even when you feel “good” can actually be quite effective. When we are at our best, we have more resources to deal with long standing patterns or deep personal issues.