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What’s the difference between talking to a therapist VS my best friend or family?

It is very natural, and even expected, to reach out to your loved ones when you are in need. When experiences that provoke a great deal of difficult emotions can be confided in a friend or a family member, there may be times that this could be overwhelming and impact the relationship in unforeseen ways. While we believe that your loved ones may play a strong and vital role in supporting you on your mental health journey, 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.

What is therapy and how does it work? 

The definition of therapy is "a treatment intended to relieve or heal a disorder." While there are many different types of therapy in the medical field, mental health therapy is a time and place to explore the difficulties and issues that impact your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Sessions typically take place with a therapist on a consistent basis and are framed around the goals of treatment. During session you therapist will provide you support and the opportunity to gain insight to your mental health concerns. Each therapist tailors their therapeutic approach to a client's specific needs with the goal of helping client relieve their symptoms as well as increase their overall satisfaction in life.

How long will it take before I feel better?

Due to the individualistic nature of therapy it is not possible or simple to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling 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 counseling in the first place.

I don't see the issues I am dealing with listed here on your site: should I still reach out?

While our team  provides a wide rage of services to our clients, we understand how important it is to feel understood and comfortable with your care. You are welcome to speak with our administration team to see if our practice is appropriate to meet your mental health needs.

If I'm on medication to help with my mental health, shouldn’t I just rely on that?

Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Conversely, some mental health issues may need the additional assistance of medication to relieve symptoms and allow for the work in therapy to progress. This is a case by case scenario so we encourage you to consult with your medical care provider on the combination of therapy and medication management.

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

We are so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation in and outside of the therapy room can be a great way to meet your goals. You and your therapist can collaborate on what will be the most helpful to you in the therapy room and in your everyday life to relieve your symptoms and achieve the life you want to live.