Frequently Asked Questions
What is your approach or philosophy to therapy?
I believe that people have all of the answers to their own problems. Therapy is a journey that involves tapping into your inner wisdom. During difficult times, a person’s mind can distort and interfere with the thinking process which can lead to a lot of confusion and suffering. My role is to help an individual move past fear and confusion and make decisions that align with their values and aspirations.
What is individual therapy?
Therapy is a process between a therapist and a person in therapy. Common goals of therapy can be to inspire change or improve quality of life. People may seek therapy for help with issues that are hard to face alone. Individual therapy is also called therapy, psychotherapy, psychosocial therapy, talk therapy, and counseling. Therapy can help people overcome obstacles to their well-being. It can increase positive feelings, such as compassion and self-esteem. People in therapy can learn skills for handling difficult situations, making healthy decisions, and reaching goals. Many find they enjoy the therapeutic journey of becoming more self-aware. Some people even go to ongoing therapy for self-growth.
What to expect during individual therapy?
The first session of therapy often focuses on gathering information about an individual’s past and current physical, mental, and emotional health. The concerns bringing the individual to therapy will be a main focus. It can take a few sessions for a therapist to have a good understanding of the situation. Only then can they address concerns and determine the best course of action.
The person in therapy can also use their first session to decide if the therapist’s style is a good fit for their needs. Finding a therapist you are comfortable with is vital to successful treatment. It is important to talk about the type of therapy to be used, treatment goals, session length, and how many sessions are needed.
Many therapists encourage people in treatment to do most of the talking. At first, it may be hard to talk about past experiences or current concerns. Sessions may stir up intense emotions. It is possible to become upset, angry, or sad during treatment. However, therapists can help people build confidence and become more comfortable as sessions progress.
Therapists might assign “homework” to help the people in their care build on topics discussed in therapy. Individuals in treatment can also ask questions at any point in the process. As time passes, people in therapy may develop a more positive mood and healthier thinking patterns.
Does seeking therapy mean that I am crazy or mentally ill?
No, statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) show mental health issues are common in the United States. In fact, 1 in 5 adults may be affected. Often people can benefit from therapy due to adjustment issues such as grief, divorce, or losing a job.
Why don’t people seek help?
Worry about the stigma that can come with mental health care
Feelings of shame when speaking about past hurts
Not wanting to acknowledge that anything is wrong
Fear that discussions in treatment will not stay confidential
Money issues/Insurance coverage
Will others know about know about what we discuss? Will my privacy be respected?
Privacy is very important in a counseling relationship. Confidentiality means that what is talked about in session is kept private. There are three exceptions to confidentiality.
1. If you tell me that you are going to hurt yourself or someone else (including child or elder abuse).
2. If a court requires me to disclose something I may be required to reveal what I remember about a session or what is in my notes.
3. You may sign a release to allow me to give information to others.