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

The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional 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, counseling 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?

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?

In therapy sessions, you'll be asked to share honestly about your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. This comes easily for some people and is more difficult for others. It may take time to build trust with the process in order to fully open up.

The process begins with an initial assessment, where we'll discuss your goals, concerns, and any questions you may have about therapy. From there, I'll share my initial impressions and recommendations for your treatment plan. The plan can be updated as needed throughout the process.

Sessions will typically start with a check-in, during which you can share updates and state any priorities for the session. I aim to meet you where you're at, while also keeping us on track towards your goals. I may ask specific questions, teach skills, and make suggestions, all designed to meet your therapy needs.

How long will it take?

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.

Couples therapy typically lasts from 6 months to 2 years, while individual therapy tends to vary more in length.

See the Couples Therapy and Sex Therapy pages for more information on Alive Intimacy's 6 month check-in process.