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.
Choosing a therapist
I think it is so critical to feel connected to your therapist. It is terrifying to think about trusting someone with your personal and private information. I value the relationship between therapist and client and I like to give people the opportunity to chat with me on the phone first before they even commit to their first session.
We will start with an initial 15-minute phone consultation where I can better understand your goals for therapy and how I can best serve you as a therapist.
The first session
Once you determine that I would be a good fit for you, we will schedule our first session. The first session with me is an intake session where I will ask you some general questions about your life and your background so I can get to know you. That session is about 55 minutes long and I like to use that time to make sure that I clearly understand your goals so I can best serve you.
By the end of that first session, my mission is to have a deeper insight into what is troubling you so we can work collaboratively in the process.
How often should I come to therapy?
In the beginning of therapy, most people commit to coming in once per week in order to get the most of out the process. Weekly therapy usually offers people the most relief and helps them work through their struggles at a more consistent pace.
The time that you spend in therapy will vary greatly depending on your needs and what goals you have for yourself. I always aim to come from a place of service for my clients and I strive to support you through the process.
What if I cannot make it in to your office but I want to be consistent with therapy?
Once we have met for our initial in-person session, we can determine if it is appropriate to meet for online sessions. I also use online sessions when clients are out of the area as long as they live in Maryland or Virginia. I can provide you with more detailed information when we meet.