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?
The difference is between someone who can do something, 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 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 but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
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 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?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.
LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR:
Therapy is designed to help patients heal in addition to treat illness, disorders, and diseases of the mind. Counseling is a clinical relationship between a patient and a licensed therapist. A therapist assesses, diagnoses, and treats their patient. While treatment plans vary in frequency and duration, the patient should reach a point where they have healed and are ready to move on.
Counseling characteristics include:
- Typically, retrospective
- “why” oriented
- Long-term, though this varies
- Typically generated through illness or dysfunction
- Healing for maladaptive behaviors
- Recovery from past traumas
- Relieving psychological suffering
- Offers guidance and advice
- Explores cognition and psychological impact on well being
Life coaches are not counselors or therapists; they cannot diagnose or treat patients in a mental health setting. While they might help a client manage or overcome unwanted habits or behavior, they are not doing so in a medical or therapeutic manner and generally are not licensed, psychologists or counselors. According to the Certified Coaches Federation (CCF), coaches generally use their expertise, experience and skills from another profession to become a coach. Coaches may obtain certification through an organization such as the CCF by completing training requirements and experience requirements.
Life Coaching characteristics include:
- Focus on prospective
- Orientation on solution & capacity for change
- Achievement-focused/ goal-oriented
- Clarifying for clients
- Self-developed change