Things you may be wondering…
Why should I go to therapy? Do I need that?
Ok, so there are a couple of things going on here. First, have you ever been? Sometimes people have this idea that going to therapy means that there is something “wrong” with them. I am here to de-stigmatize that. Honestly, therapy at its core is really very simple. You come in and talk to someone that you develop a trusting relationship with a trained healer who helps you work through the “stuff” that holds you back from really getting where you want to be. A therapist is different from a family member or a friend because we don’t have a dog in the fight; we are here as an objective observer of your life.
Now as far as if you need it—well, life has a funny way of coming back at you when you least expect it. Typically people will come to me and say something like “But things are going fine now, I’ve got the job, the house, the kids, the spouse, why is the old stuff coming up?” Therapy is a personal choice that really only you can make. But I can say this: it can be one of the best things you can do for yourself, when you give yourself a chance to heal.
How do I choose a therapist? Aren’t they all the same?
No way! We are all as different as anyone else in terms of personality and being a part of this human tribe. I use the term “therapist” to include anyone that provides mental health services and could be a psychologist, counselor, social worker, psychiatrist, etc. One difference is that a psychiatrist is a medical doctor who can prescribe psychotropic (mental health) medications, while the rest cannot in the state of Virginia. There are differences between having a doctorate and a master’s degree, as well as the type of schooling, which creates some differences in how the therapist approaches treatment. To practice individually a therapist has to be licensed in Virginia regardless of which type they are, and no matter which kind of therapist you choose, it takes many years for your therapist to become licensed. Ultimately, though, the #1 predictor of whether or not you are going to get better is whether or not you feel comfortable talking to your therapist! So when you choose a therapist, make sure that you choose someone that you feel comfortable with, that you can develop a rapport with, and will help you achieve your goals.
What do I do if I am having a mental health emergency?
Call 911, go to your nearest hospital emergency department, or if you are in the Fredericksburg, Virginia area, you can call 540-373-6876.
I believe this is possible for you and I can help you get there. It all starts with a free phone consultation appointment.
Let’s talk for 20 minutes to see if we are a good fit together and if I can help you. The only thing you have to lose is what is not working for you.
I look forward to talking to you!