I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy crazy?
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?
The difference is between someone who gives you advice based on THEIR life experiences and someone who has the training and experience to help you make choices based on YOUR life experiences. 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, counseling 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, and 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 can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your 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.
I don’t live in Houston, can I still see you?
Yes! As long as you live in Texas, we can work together. I serve the Houston area, Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, and all of the surrounding areas.
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 counseling 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 counseling in the first place. I do recommend that new clients come in weekly at least for the first 4 sessions, in order to make significant changes as soon as posible. We can then evaluate how therapy is coming along, and see if we would need to move to every other week. Many clients choose to come in weekly until they believe they are feeling significant relief of symptoms and/or real change is occurring. Consistency is key. If there are too many gaps between sessions, it can feel like you are starting over again each time and the gains and momentum can be lost.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.
What’s the difference between coaching and therapy?
Our coaching services are a type of therapy we offer Coaching services are a combination of goal-setting using evidence based motivational interviewing and cognitive-behavioral techniques. The difference between therapy and coaching is that therapy is based on a clinical approach to aid with emotional challenges and difficulties in day to day functioning. Coaching is a more directive approach with guidance and assistance to focus on personal goals for overall balance and wellness in life.
What is wellness?
Wellness is an active process of making choices toward a healthy and fulfilling life. Wellness is more than being free from mental illness. It is a dynamic process of change and growth, a state of complete mental well-being, physical, spiritual, and social, etc. It’s not merely the absence of illness.