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 ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason isn’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.
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, therapy 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, if 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.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals.
Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
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 therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your treatment goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
How long is a therapy session?
I typically meet with clients for a 50-minute session.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.
Is your office near public transportation?
Yes, my office is walking distance from Chapel Hill’s bus routes. There is also free public parking.
Do you offer consultations?
I offer a free 15-minute phone consultation to potential clients to discuss their presenting issues and any questions they might have about therapy.
How do I start therapy?
First, you should contact me today to schedule a free 15-minute phone consultation to discuss your presenting issues. If I feel that I will be able to assist you in addressing your presenting issues, an initial consultation (intake) will be scheduled. The initial consultation will be at least 50 minutes long. I will verify and email you information about your co-payment, co-insurance, and/or deductible before the initial consultation. I will also email you office paperwork to be filled out before the initial appointment. When working with children and adolescents, I will usually meet with their parents or caregivers only for the initial consultation. During the initial consultation, we will discuss your presenting issues, treatment goals, and office paperwork. We will schedule additional appointments for therapy during the initial consultation.
Do you offer couples therapy?
No, I only offer individual and family therapy.
Any other questions?
Please feel free to contact me today!