NEW TO THERAPY?
Now you can clear all your doubts
WHAT IS THERAPY?
Therapy is a process that offers individuals the environment to explore difficult issues in a confidential setting, and a therapist is a trained professional who facilitates this process. A therapist, by virtue of his/her training and personality, enables an environment where individuals can safely explore their issues, root causes and reflect upon the deeper meaning of them without fear of judgment, bias, condemnation, or ridicule and work upon their goals.
IS THERAPY ABOUT ADVICE GIVING?
Therapy is not an advice-giving service. It is a supportive service that allows a client to gain an understanding of self by self-exploration of their emotional issues. A therapist also help you process your thoughts and feelings, understand any challenges or concerns, brainstorm ideas and evaluate options, give an alternate perspective or way of thinking, but ultimately you are responsible for any decisions you make.
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, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN TALKING TO YOU OR MY BEST FRIEND OR FAMILY?
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, help you listen to yourself, and provide a safe space to explore thoughts and feelings related to difficult life experiences.
IS THERAPY ONLY FOR PEOPLE WITH SERIOUS EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS?
A Therapist often works with individuals who are struggling with difficult life circumstances and concerns, as well as those with severe mental illness. Everyone has difficulties at some point in their lives, and sometimes engaging in counseling or therapy is a good way to attain support to overcome challenges.
IS MY INFORMATION CONFIDENTIAL? WHO HAS ACCESS TO MY INFORMATION?
Confidentiality is of the utmost concern for a therapist. Confidentiality is one of the key reasons why therapy works. Having the assurance that what you discuss will not be shared with anyone else allows you to have the freedom to talk through what bothers you without worrying over the repercussions of what will happen if people find out. A therapy session is held in a location that is private. The content of what is discussed in the therapy session is kept strictly confidential and is not shared with others unless expressly agreed by you or in exceptional circumstances where there are legal reasons to do so, or if there are risks of harm to yourself or others.
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 therapy. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on the 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 for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
CAN THERAPY OR COUNSELING HELP ME?
Many scientific studies have shown that therapy can be effective in working with a variety of problems. However, a commitment is necessary for change to be seen. You can talk with your therapist about what is expected of this commitment in terms of time, effort, and goal-setting.
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET MY RESULTS?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say on a general FAQs page. Everyone’s issues, their severity & 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.
In my experience, some clients are looking for short-term solution-focused treatment, while others are looking for support on a more long-term basis. We can discuss this further in our initial assessment session.
Therapy is not about providing ready-made answers, but empowering you to find your own insights and solutions. As you can imagine, solutions often don’t emerge immediately, so multiple sessions may be required to help you journey inward.
ISN'T THERAPY FOR THE MENTALLY ILL? WHY WOULD OTHERS SEEK IT?
Therapy is for anybody who is looking for support and help in tiding over a difficult situation. Much of therapy or counselling is to help people who are otherwise quite capable of functioning in their normal lives deal with personal or relational challenges and to get a deeper insight into themselves. If one has a clinical condition, they may need to work with psychiatrists and other medical professions for medical intervention. For some illnesses, It might help to work with a therapist under psychiatric supervision.
MY FRIEND NEEDS COUNSELLING, CAN YOU COUNSELL HIM WITHOUT KNOWING HIM?
Counselling is a voluntary process and cannot work in any coercive or indirect manner. I cannot intervene without the person knowing. Where you feel concerned for your friend but don't know how to broach the topic, please do talk to me. I can help you understand your own concerns, and prepare you to talk to your friend understand your concern.
DO YOU DO HOME VISITS?
No, i don't do home visits. I take in- person and virtual sessions.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE FIRST SESSION?
The initial session is the case history taking session and the time for you to start to share your story, talk about your goals and what you would like to change. Another important aspect of the first session is deciding if we are a good fit. Do I seem like someone you can trust? We are establishing a relationship that will become the foundation for working together. You will begin to figure out some goals; I will begin to figure out how to help you get there.
HOW OFTEN WILL WE MEET?
To begin, we will meet once a week. I find it’s important to gain some momentum in the beginning by meeting weekly or progress can stall out. Once some or all of your goals are met, meeting less or terminating the therapy will make sense.
DO YOU PRESCRIBE MEDICINES?
No, I am not a medical doctor. Many of my patients find medication is helpful, but many of them also progress well in therapy without medication. If you want to be evaluated for psychiatric medication, either contact your primary care physician or a psychiatrist. If you don't have one I can also refer you to a good psychiatrist.
DO YOU WORK WITH ALL TYPES OF CLIENTS?
I only work with adolescents, adults and couples.