I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Seeking therapy is a courageous step towards healing and personal growth. It takes strength and vulnerability to acknowledge that you need support and to reach out for help. Therapy provides a safe and non-judgmental space for you to explore your challenges and develop coping skills. It's important to remember that you don't have to go through difficult times alone.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
While friends and family can offer valuable support and advice, therapy is a different kind of relationship. Your therapist is a trained professional who can provide objective insights and specialized skills to help you work through your challenges. Therapy is also a confidential and non-judgmental space where you can explore your thoughts and feelings without fear of impacting personal relationships.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be a helpful tool for managing certain mental health conditions, but it's not always the best or only solution. Therapy can provide long-term benefits and help you develop coping skills that you can use throughout your life. Additionally, therapy can address the root causes of your challenges rather than just treating symptoms.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Therapy is a collaborative process where you work with your therapist to explore your challenges and develop coping skills. You'll engage in conversation, reflection, and creative exercises tailored to your individual needs and goals. You don't need any particular skills or abilities to engage in therapy; your therapist will guide you through the process.
How long will it take?
The length of therapy varies depending on your individual needs and goals. Some clients may only need a few sessions to work through a specific issue, while others may benefit from ongoing therapy for several months or even years. Your therapist will work with you to determine the best course of treatment based on your individual needs.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
To get the most out of therapy, it's important to be honest and open with your therapist. Share your thoughts and feelings, even if they are difficult to talk about. Practice self-care outside of therapy sessions by engaging in activities that bring you joy and relaxation. Additionally, it's important to be patient and kind with yourself as you work through your challenges.
I am worried about being judged because of my race and identity. Can I trust that I will be understood and respected in therapy?
We understand that people of color and members of marginalized communities may have valid concerns about being judged in therapy. Our therapists are committed to creating a safe and supportive space for all clients, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, or other identity factors. We work from a social justice perspective and understand the impact of systemic oppression on mental health. Our therapists receive specialized training in cultural competence and strive to understand the unique experiences and challenges of each client. You can trust that you will be understood and respected in therapy.