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. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have strengths that you’ve used before, but for whatever reason aren’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and show you how to implement them again in what is happening now.
What’s the difference between talking to my best friend or family and talking to you?
Sometimes talking to your best friend or family member is enough. But when it is NOT enough, you may need someone who has professional training and experience to help. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way, teach you new skills, help you see different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Plus, 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 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.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and teach you strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relationship goals.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, your therapy experience will be unique to you. We tailor our therapeutic approach to your specific needs and consider your learning style and preferences. Sessions are generally 45 minutes long and you can expect to have a conversation concerning what brought you to LifeSpring, LLC. If you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry. We are skilled at guiding you along and will assist you in becoming comfortable with the process
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 commitment is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for one session a week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development. You can take notes at our sessions to help reinforce what you are learning and you can practice new ways of looking at things at home in your daily life.
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 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 and my colleague may be available to work with your partner. It is not helpful to move from individual into couple’s work with the same therapist because of potential trust issues.