Many people think that seeing a psychotherapist means that there is “something wrong” with them. In actuality, meeting with a therapist is a major step towards living a more fulfilling life.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that 1 in 5 people will manifest a diagnosable mental health condition at some point during their lifetime. What the report doesn’t say is the other four of us often feel stressed out, overwhelmed, over-worked, wrestling with too many negative thoughts, and wondering why we just don’t feel happier during any given day.
Therapy does not have to be scary, cumbersome, or a waste of time. Below are a few frequently asked questions to help put your mind at ease:
I often feel stressed out, angry, and/or anxious. Does that mean I’m crazy? The point of therapy with us is not to put some kind of label on you. The real focus of therapy with us is to provide you with a safe place in which to talk about whatever you feel is important to you and offer you a sounding board so you can help yourself make more effective decisions in your life. Our goal is to help all our clients become better life managers and problem solvers, no matter why they initially come to see us in the first place.
I have received a diagnosis for a mental illness and I take medication for it. Can Psychotherapy help me? YES! Many people that have depression, bipolar disorder, or another mental health condition find that medication can only do so much. We also feel that psychiatric medication convinces you to believe you have less ability to control your symptoms and your life than you really do. You have everything you need right now to get better and be better! Let us show you.
I’m afraid that I will find out things about myself that I do not want to know. Doing better and being better means we have to experience and learn from pain. We cannot ignore the pain forever. We cannot move around or bypass the pain. True healing comes from the experience of facing the pain head on. The fear of the pain is often much, much worse than the pain itself.
I can’t afford it. We have a pricing structure that offers lots of opportunities for us to do business together.
What more do I need to know about seeing a therapist? All therapists are required to meet the same standards of training and education for licensure and practice. The difference lies in the professional therapeutic relationship between therapist and client. All our therapists are either part of the LGBT community or allies. We work with a solution-focused, problem-solving, strengths-based model with a touch of warmth and wit and are dedicated to customer service. Your calls and emails will be answered promptly by our support staff and you can rest assured that your appointment will always begin and end on time, so you can get on with your day.