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    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 courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.

    What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?

    Talking to a friend can certainly be helpful, A therapist has the training and experience to 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.” If you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you might feel awkward in future times with that person.

    Why shouldn’t I just take medication?

    Our work together is designed to explore the problems you are experiencing and expand on the strengths and skills that can help you accomplish your personal goals. If it appears that medication might be helpful, a medical referral will be made.

    How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?

    Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, the process will be different for each client. The therapist will tailor the approach to your specific needs.

    How long will it take?

    Everyone’s circumstances are unique and 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.

    I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?

    Your active participation and commitment to the process will be crucial to your success.