I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
No one is perfect and has it all "together" all the time. 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 to resolve issues that are happening now.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Each person has different issues and goals for psychotherapy and I tailor my therapeutic approach(es) to your specific needs. For some people it takes a little longer to build rapport and trust. It may also take a little longer for you to develop your specific treatment goals. Our first sessions will focus on establishing rapport and goals; you will learn interventions to address your problems and progress on your goals; you will practice interventions outside the session; we will discuss progress or lack of progress; we may add new goals or adjust your goals; and lastly we will terminate after you have met your established goals. All of your sessions are focused on meeting your goals. My goal is to help you meet your goals in the least amount of sessions possible, so you can get on with your life. Psychotherapy is not meant to last forever, but I will be available to you any time you face new problems.
How long will I need therapy?
It takes as long as it takes". You are all uniquely different and present with different mental health issues along with differing duration and severity of symptoms. Some mental health issues, such as depression and anxiety, are quite easy to treat using a short-term evidenced based interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). You can often have symptom relief in as little as 3 sessions. There are several short-term therapeutic interventions that are often successful in treating several mental health issues in as little as 10 sessions. This depends, of course, on your commitment to the therapeutic process.
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. Psychotherapy sessions are generally only once a week so most of the "real work" must be done outside the session in the "real world". I recommend that clients view psychotherapy as a short-term investment of time, money, and emotional energy. Setting the expectation that this is time for you to really work to finally experience the changes you’re seeking, can help you get the most out of each session. This mindset can also help you better apply the insights gained in your sessions to your regular life, and can shorten the time you may otherwise have spent coming to therapy.