I’m not sure how I feel about this counseling thing. I feel like I should be able to figure it out on my own. Any ideas how to get over this?
Hey I get it. There’s still a stigma around mental health and the idea that the state of our emotional and mental well-being is something to keep hidden. We’ve all been sold the idea that our vulnerability is an expression of weakness and weakness is something to be ashamed of. I offer this perspective. Expressing our vulnerability in healthy ways is an act of courage. It takes courage to look at ourselves. Change can be scary and it takes someone brave to embrace that change. Seeing a counselor is just someone to be brave with who can help guide you through the vulnerability you’re feeling right now.
Can’t I just talk to a friend or family member?
Sure! In fact identifying your support system is something we’ll talk about. However, because your loved ones care about you so much, their worry for your well-being can sometimes influence the support and advice they give. I have no prior history with my clients before they come to see me so I’m a neutral third party that can help you gain a different perspective. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Therapy is also completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others knowing your circumstances or risk your problems being shared with others.
Your credentials say you’re a social worker. I thought you were a therapist?
I’m both! Most therapists are Masters level clinicians. Of those clinicians, many are Licensed Clinical Social Workers. All therapists have the same basic clinical skills. Based on the type of degree we have, we may have a specific approach or emphasis on how we help clients meet their goals. For more information on the approaches I use, visit the links available on the Resources page.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication alone can’t solve all issues. Our work will dig a little deeper into your unique circumstances and then discuss strategies that can help you accomplish your personal goals.
Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs. For more information on what treatment models and approaches I use, visit the links available in Resources (click here) .
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, that’s not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time therapy 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 therapy.
What can I do to get the most out of therapy?
Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we may only see each other 1-4 times a month depending on the frequency of your sessions. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.
Do you see children and adolescents?
I only see adults over 18. If you are a parent looking for counseling for your child here are some local therapists who see children and adolescents:
Erin Brown 812-799-1350, 404 Washington Street Columbus, IN 47201
Megan Larson 812-378-4428, 3220 Middle Rd, Columbus, IN 47203