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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.

I'm caring for a special needs child and am just interested in Early Start for my child and  I'm not sure about counseling or psychotherapy.  Do you think I  could benefit from therapy?

That's such a great question!  Caring for a special needs child has challenges and rewards and we hear that you want to do what's best for your child.  Caring for yourself allows you to do just that.  We can offer you a place to process your thoughts, emotions, and choices as you support and parent your little one.  We hope that you will find comfort, connection, and community with other caregivers/parents of special needs children through one of our upcoming groups and that as you meet new challenges you will be able to offer encouragement and support to others.

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.

Why shouldn’t I just take medication?

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.

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

Because each person has different issues and goals, it will be different depending on the person. We tailor our approach and treatment to meet 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 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.

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

We are so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions! Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.  We always encourage positive self-talk, getting adequate rest, and developing a good support system.  Your therapist will help you specifically consider some options for moving forward and achieving your goals.