I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Many people receive the message early in life that they are supposed to be ‘strong’ when it comes to emotional difficulties, and that seeking treatment from a therapist is a sign of weakness. However, nothing could be further from the truth. It is actually a sign of strength when someone proactively addresses a problem by seeking the help of a therapist.
In our work together, you will learn new skills, and I will help you build on the strengths you already have.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
Having supportive friends and family members is important. But there are limits to their ability to help if you are dealing with disordered anxiety. A mental health professional can help you learn new skills and gain different perspectives.
As someone who is outside of your personal life, I can also approach your circumstances objectively, without expectations or judgment. And, therapy is completely confidential, which creates an atmosphere where you might be more comfortable talking about aspects you would hold back from others.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person is unique, the specific components of a personalized therapy plan are different depending on the individual. In a general sense, therapy teaches you how to use powerful psychological tools that help you regulate anxiety. Along the way, I am there to support, guide and validate you as you learn to apply these new skills.
In sessions, we might discuss things that feel difficult to open up about. I am very attuned to this difficulty, and I will not rush or judge you.
How long will it take?
I am not a believer in long-term, indefinite therapy. I want you to begin to see measurable results early in the therapy process. With that said, everybody is different, and depending on the nature of your difficulties with anxiety, therapy can range anywhere from a few weeks to a year or more.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
In the beginning, it will be enough just to make it to your sessions. This is a big step! But as we progress, the work you do outside of our sessions will be crucial to your success. If you approach this aspect of therapy willingly and with dedication, it will make all the difference. And remember, you will have support and guidance, and you set the pace!