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    I’ve never talked to anyone, and I’m used to handling things on my own. Isn’t therapy for really serious issues?

    Not at all, and everyone needs help now and then, no matter how trivial it may seem. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.

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

    Having the support of our family and friends is huge and not to be discounted. However, there are some things that we can’t talk to them about, such as if something is really personal and we feel embarrassed about it, or the issue is actually with them! As well, although they mean well, they simply may not have the knowledge to help you with what you are dealing with.

    A mental health professional has years of education and experience, and can provide a safe place where you are able to open-up and share freely. They 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, counselling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.

    Why shouldn’t I just take medication?

    Sometimes medication alone is a vital and necessary part of the solution to our issues. Other times, counselling is what is needed to feel better. Often medication in conjunction with counselling may lead to the best outcomes. While I do not prescribe medication, it warrants consideration in how we can move forward. My focus is on counselling and how we can explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing. This involves expanding 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 counselling, it will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs. Counselling has the best outcomes when you show up ready to engage, are open and completely honest, and willing to face your pain and “hard” truths.

    How long will it take?

    It depends on you and the issues you wish to work through. Everyone is unique, and the length of time counselling 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 counselling in the first place.

    I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?

    Great question! Simply making the first step to reach out for counselling is a huge success. Being open and honest, willing to face difficult things, and working on homework in between sessions, will help you get the most out of your sessions.