I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy considered not as strong as others?
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, but for whatever reason they are not working right now. Maybe you’re experiencing problems that feel overwhelming and are making it difficult to access your past strengths. At Capitol Hill Counseling and Resource Center, we will help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening with you now.
What’s the difference between talking to a therapist 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 with you 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 vary depending on the individual. We tailor our therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
How long will therapy take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them. The length of time that therapy can take to help you accomplish your goals depends on you – your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
Willingness to do your part to get the most out of therapy is a great first step. Your active participation and dedication are crucial to your success. Attending scheduled appointments is a key component of your reaching your wellness goals. You will only see your therapist for sessions on some days. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.