I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. I'm worried about getting started or being judged.
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,we'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?
We know your friends and family are the most important people in your life, and probably excellent listeners and advice givers. However, therapy isn't 'advice'. 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. If additional support is needed, We work closely with homeopaths and psychiatrists in the area to help you find the best fit for your needs.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, it will be different depending on the individual and the therapist. Please see the "play therapy" section for more information about types of play therapy and your therapist's biography for more information about their style and approach. Remember, as the client, you are in charge of what you want to talk about each session!
How long will it take?
An intake (called a Diagnostic Assessment) is usually completed within 60-90 minutes, and a typical therapy session is a 53 minute "hour." Our community-based service, CTSS, requires 2-5 hours per week of commitment.Unfortunately, the duration of therapy isn't a question we can easily answer. 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?
We are so glad you are invested and committed to therapy! With children, parent/guardian involvement is crucial in creating behavioral change at home. Otherwise, ask questions, find time to reflect, and try to complete 'therapeutic homework' if you and your therapist decide it's a good idea! Have patience with yourself and the therapeutic process. It can be challenging and difficult at times, but ultimately very rewarding!