I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
You already have strengths that you’ve used previously that for, whatever reason, are not working right now. Perhaps your problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access these past strengths. In our work together, we will help you label those strengths and apply them to your current issue.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you innovative skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Lastly, if you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member during a time of great, negative emotion, there is the risk that, once you are feeling better, you may start avoiding that person so you are not reminded of that difficult time in your life.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication treats the symptoms, but it alone cannot solve all issues.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
At Accepting, we ask that you are open and honest about what’s troubling you in life. Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the person. We tailor our therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, that’s a hard question to answer. 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.
But to give you some estimates, some people are ready to end therapy in 6-12 weeks whereas others may take several months.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
We are so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of therapy. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other once a week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.
My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual counseling or come together?
If you are concerned about your relationship, and you would both like to come in for couples counseling, we would work with both of you together. Afterwards, if one of you would like to continue in individual sessions, we could work with only one of you. It is not helpful to move from individual into couple’s work with the same therapist because of potential trust issues. However, we have other amazing counselors who can see the other person in the relationship!