I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Does going to therapy mean I am weak or there is something wrong with me?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and they reach out. Everyone (yes everyone!) needs help now and then. You already have some strengths you have used before, those for whatever reason aren’t working right now. Perhaps current problems or stressors feel overwhelming and are making it difficult to access your past strengths. Perhaps you just feel stuck. Perhaps you feel like you don’t have any strengths. This is where the help happens. Working with your therapist, you will identify your strengths and find ways to implement them.
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. Your work together in therapy 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 be different depending on the individual. Your therapist will utilize different therapeutic approaches specific to your individual 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 therapy 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 therapy 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 is crucial to your success. The work you do outside of your sessions will really help you see your personal growth and development.
What if my therapist is not the right fit for me?
Great question! We know that not everyone’s personalities mix well with one another. Just be honest by letting either your therapist or our admin team know your thoughts and feelings. Typically, we will provide you with an option of scheduling with another therapist in our office or give you some other options outside of Skylight depending on your individual needs and goals.
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