I’ve compiled a list of the most frequent questions that I have received over my career. It’s normal and encouraged for patients to ask many questions when choosing to work with a licensed Online Psychotherapist. Here are some answers to the questions I receive the most. If you can’t find what you are looking for, please get in touch.
What will my first therapy session be like?
Prior to your first appointment, you'll receive some paperwork to complete so that I can learn a little about you and why you're coming to counseling. In your first therapy session we'll be reviewing this, and I'll probably ask you some additional questions.
It's normal to feel a little (or a lot) anxious for your first therapy session - it's hard telling a stranger things about yourself that you may have never told anyone else. So if there's anything I can do to help you feel more comfortable before our first session, or during our first session, please let me know because I want you to feel safe working with me. And, if we start talking about something that you're not ready to talk about, I want you to tell me.
What is telehealth therapy?
Telehealth therapy refers to providing therapy services remotely using tele-communication technologies, such as video live conferencing or telephone. Telehealth therapy is different from traditional counseling in that that we will not be in the same room together.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
One of the biggest differences is that a mental health professional has specialized training to help you approach your situation in a different way. Mental health professionals can
teach you new skills, objectively offer different perspectives, and listen to you without judgment or expectations. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others knowing your "business.” In addition, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion among the friends and family you’ve been confiding in, there is the risk that once you're feeling better, you may start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
How long will counseling take for me to feel better and meet my goals?
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
Medication can be effective but it cannot solve all issues.
Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths , which can help you accomplish your personal goals.
I am neither for or against psychiatric medications: I believe this is a personal decision each person gets to make. However, research has shown that for those individual's who're taking medications, the best treatment outcomes occur for those who combine it with mental health counseling.
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 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.
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