I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. 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, we’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.

What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?

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.

Will you tell us if we should get a divorce?

Therapists don’t issue advice or directives to our clients. Instead, we provide a safe space for you and your mate to process your thoughts and feelings while working through whatever obstacles present. The decision to stay together or go your separate ways is entirely your own, but you will have support and a therapist that will partner with you in your journey to discovering which decision you will choose.

How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?

Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. or the couple. We tailor our therapeutic approach to your specific needs. In individual therapy we work with the individual to determine their goals. When we work with couples, the couple becomes the client and the goals are based on what the couple chooses to work on together.

How long will it take?

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. Some of our couples have chosen to do couples intensives which may include multiple sessions a week, for multiple hours over a very short period of time, while other couples may choose to attend for one hour weekly, bi-weekly or maybe even monthly for those who are in therapy for maintenance. Most of our individual clients tend to choose weekly or bi-weekly visits for one hour and they often choose to continue therapy for at least a few months to a year or more.

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

We’re so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success. Feedback, feedback, feedback is so important to this process. Your sessions are a partnership where trust and communication are at the helm. Our therapeutic approach is customized to our clients’ needs so we heavily rely on open, honest feedback from our clients to ensure maximum therapeutic success.

How is Coaching different from counseling? 

Coaching is a results and goal-oriented methodology. Coaching assumes the client is functional and fully capable of success. Psychotherapy (or counseling) is a healing profession trained and licensed to diagnose and treat mental health conditions and/or work through trauma with their clients.

Coaching does not directly address trauma and is more focused on actions, external solutions, and learning new skills. Coaching and therapy can complement each other very well. It could be said that coaching starts where therapy ends. 

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