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. It’s braver to know that you need support and are reaching out. Everyone needs help now and then, especially if you’ve been trying to work on things on your own and it’s not getting you the results you want as quickly as you want.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
Friends and family may be able to help but as a mental health professional, I 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, coaching and counselling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing your business.” If your situation provokes 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. I aim to start with something less invasive, like looking at your goals, strengths and unpacking any problems you’re noticing.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
The bare minimum you will need is to bring your expertise in yourself and your experiences. Your active participation and dedication will be extremely helpful to your success.
How long will it take?
Your circumstances are unique to you and the length of time coaching and counselling 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 support in the first place.