Frequently Asked (or Avoided) Questions
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. I believe it’s quite the opposite. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. But it’s not just the sick who see a doctor. Healthy people visit doctors for checkups, and professional athletes have personal trainers. Seeking help does not indicate there is something wrong with you. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of whatever problems you are facing.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
I believe friends and family are great and helpful. But then sometimes they are not. In fact, they are a big reason many people come to therapy in the first place.
The difference is between someone who can do something (the supportive kind of friend and family) 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. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others, “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation evokes a great deal of negative emotion, and 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.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will differ depending on the individual. I meet people where they are with what they want from the counseling experience. You don’t ‘have’ to ‘do’ anything. Just show up. After about 2-4 sessions, you will get a feel of how the rhythm of therapy goes. You’re not coming for a lesson, TED talk, or class. I’m not going to tell you what to do. Counseling is collaborative, and much of it is you learning about yourself through internal exploration and then seeing the path forward.
How long will it take?
Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them. The length of time counseling 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 counseling in the first place. Some people can get what they want out of counseling in just a few sessions. Others can come for a year or longer. It really depends on what you want out of the experience and what you get out of it.
Usually, people will start with one session a week, and after they experience some progress, sessions become less frequent, going to every other week, once a month, and then on an as-needed basis.
What Is The First Step In Starting Therapy?
If you are ready to schedule an appointment immediately, click ‘Schedule A Session’ to schedule an intake appointment through the client portal. Choose ‘New Client Intake Session- TELEHEALTH Video’.
NOTE: All new clients are required to complete intake forms through the client portal at least 24 hours prior to our first session. If you do not receive these documents once your appointment is confirmed, please check your spam/junk folder. Appointments without completed paperwork 24 hours in advance will be canceled.
Can I Schedule Online?
The online portal is an easy way for you to schedule sessions at your convenience from the comfort of your home 24/7. Click ‘Schedule A Session’ to access the client portal. You can schedule through the client portal as a first time client or as an existing client.
What Can I Expect At The First Session?
First sessions are known as intake sessions. We know it can be awkward meeting a stranger for the first time so we do our best to make these sessions are casual and comfortable as possible. The session is approximately 50 minutes long. The first part of the session the counselor will go over expectations and approaches to counseling. This is where you get to know more of the therapist’s individual approach to counseling and get an idea of what to expect through the process of therapy. Some logistics are covered including initial paperwork, informed consent, privacy, and practice policies. The second part of the intake session is a more fluid conversation where the counselor gets to know you. This is where you discuss your background, what brings you into counseling and begin identifying and setting goals so the therapeutic process can start.