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 some strengths that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason isn’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 how to implement them again in what is happening now.
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, therapy 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, if 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 alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals.
Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy 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 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 dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for a session a week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.
It looks like you only work with men, is that true?
While one of my specialties is working with men that does not mean that my services might not be the right fit for you. My practice is an inclusive one regardless of age, race, sex, national origin, religion, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identification. I am able to provide services to those seeking help within the scope of my practice areas. What that means is, that if you think my services will be helpful to you, contact me to discuss your specific needs and we can determine together if my services will be of help and value.
Do you work with couples?
At this time I do not work with couples as it is outside the scope of my practice. If you are seeking couples counseling I have many trusted colleagues who I am happy to refer you and your partner too.
Do you work with children and adolescents?
At this time my office is not set up or designed to see children. However, I do have a limited number of spaces available to see adolescent males 15 years or older. This age group fits within the scope of my practice and has been one of my specialty areas of practice for many years. If you believe that your adolescent male teen is in need of my services contact me so that we can determine together if I am the right fit to assist with their unique needs.