FAQs about Therapy & Counseling Services | Oregon, Idaho, Washington & Colorado

1Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
In fact, people who go to therapy may be strong! People who ask for help know when they need assistance. Even Olympic Gold Medal athletes needs coaching to be their best. And anyone on a journey, needs guides to help them navigate away from danger and toward the best path. 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.
2What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
Our work is confidential and private. Family members or friends can not forget private things you share with them. And, as much as they may care about you, they may be too close to you to give you a panoramic perspective to issues you are facing. 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. 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.
3Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be effective and yet the human brain and relationships are complex. 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.
4How 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. Working with who you are, we’ll work together to process your life together.
5How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to answer here. Everyone’s circumstances are unique. Some clients find resolution for direct needs in a few sessions. Some people engage with a therapist a year or years, depending on their needs.
6I 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 are key.