I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. It’s so uncomfortable to ask for help and I’m scared that others may see me as weak.

Starting counseling may seem uncomfortable at first. But once you meet with me, you’ll learn that I am easy to talk with and that I am able to quickly build a nice rapport with. People are pretty surprised at how quickly they settle into talking on my couch about what brought them to counseling.

I believe that people who seek counseling happen to be very smart and strong individuals. They recognize that they have a challenge in their life that they have not been able to resolve despite their attempts. People who seek therapy know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs an outside and objective point of view now and then.

In our work together, everything is strictly confidential and no one will know you are going to counseling, unless you share. In sessions, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the challenges you are facing.

What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?

Most people do not know how to improve mood, decrease anxiety and depression, help someone heal from trauma and grief. And what works for one married couple does not work for other marriages.

A Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) is a professional trained in many techniques and approaches that 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, what’s shared in sessions stays in sessions due to confidentiality. As a LCSW, I provide an objective perspective looking out for your best interest and not what is best for anyone else.

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 or couple. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.

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.

One thing I have noticed is that people are not going to counseling every week for years. Today, counseling is looked at as a service for self-improvement that has lasting affects. A lot of my clients benefiting from a bi-weekly approach that allows them the financial flexibility and more time to practice what they learned in session. I also have clients that enjoy meeting weekly to tackle their challenges. Either way, we’ll work together to decide what works best for you.

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.