I’ve never talked to a therapist. How do I know if I need one?
Life is full of changes and transitions and doesn’t come with instructions. Everyone needs help now and then. If you are in a place of questioning if you need support with a problem, chances are therapy would be helpful.
Why should I talk to a professional?
We 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.” Therapists have the training and experience assess for underlying trauma and mental health conditions that may be impacting your life and keeping you stuck.
Do I need to 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 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. We can discuss the pros and cons and provide referrals when needed.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
You will set your own goals for your therapy. Sometimes just having a safe place to unload our thoughts and feelings with an unbiased ear, and one that is skilled in supporting change, is all it takes. Sometimes learning more about your symptoms and treatment options related to a particular mental health issue can be helpful. Once you have the knowledge and support, often things will start to improve. We will work on developing coping skills, developing a healthier sense of self and resolving emotional pain and truama.
How long will I be in therapy?
Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on many factors. Know that continuing or discontinuing therapy at any point, is your choice. We suggest discussing any concerns with your therapist before deciding to discontinue therapy. Sometimes we can adjust things to better suit your needs.
My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual counseling or come together?
Sometimes individual therapy for each person in a relationship can be helpful, especially if you have never tried therapy before. When one or both parties are struggling with mental health symptoms, difficulty transitioning to a change or not feeling their best in general, individual therapy is a great place to start. While Teamer Counseling does offer family support sessions when appropriate, the focus of the therapy is on you and your needs.
If you have more questions, we would be happy to chat with you!