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    I’m used to handling things on my own. Are people who go to therapy weak?

    Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and dare to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and guide you toward ways of thinking and being that will alleviate emotional struggles.

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

    Most people quickly advise, tell you how you should live your life, and tell you what you “should” do. A trained professional understands how to help you find the answers within yourself and develop strategies for coping and reaching your personal goals. A mental health professional provides unbiased, evidenced-base suggestions and holds you accountable to achieve those goals.

    Why shouldn’t I just take medication?

    Medication can be effective but does not necessarily solve everything. Medication can be a tool, helping to improve mood and anxiety, making it easier to achieve your targeted goals. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on the strengths that can help you accomplish those personal goals.

    How long will it take?

    Unfortunately, this is not possible to say on a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them. The length of time counseling can take depends on many factors, not the least of which is how much your history is hindering your movement forward. Exploring personal development, commitment, and other factors driving you to seek counseling in the first place can vary widely.

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

    I am so glad you are asking this question. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success. Showing up, digging deep, and implementing new ways of thinking and being is your part. My part is showing up, identifying strengths, and offering ways to increase gentle “self-talk” that fosters change.