Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing. Learning coping skills from dialectical behavior therapy can help with emotion regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness, all of which can make getting through the challenges of life a little bit easier.
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, counseling 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, and 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.
Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.
Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
Unfortunately, this is not possible 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.
Like real life, every person’s experience is different. Personal growth is a lifelong process Unless you come to Sliding Doors Counseling with a time-specific goal, clients usually stay a while as their needs evolve, and as they learn to embrace the process.
The first few sessions are a get to know each other period; to make sure that our relationship is a good fit of philosophy and collaboration. If I determine that you may be better served elsewhere, I will give you referrals at this time. This can happen for myriad reasons. It isn’t always easy to find the right therapist, but it’s in your best interest to get the best care possible. This looks different for everyone based on their specific needs.