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 are able to ask for help are in fact quite strong and courageous. That’s because it’s a hard thing to do. Ask for help know when they need it and have the wisdom to reach out is a very healthy thing to do. 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 listen to some degree even quite well, and someone who knows what to listen for based on the issues and concerns, how to assess the impact on you and ask the right questions in order to determine what you need.
Importantly, an effective mental health professional is not there to give advice, like “I think you should do…”, but rather provide you with effective options that come from their training and experience, working with you to see what works best for you. They know that you are the expert of your life.
Based on their training, a mental health professional can help you approach situations in a new way–they have a range of ‘tools’ that you can try. We’re trained to teach you new skills, techniques, and approaches to problems you’re dealing with. We help you look at the problem in different ways, gain a new perspectives on the problem. We are trained to listen to you without judgment. We teach you to listen to yourself.
And, 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 behaviour 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.