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Can therapy help me?

Therapy can help you if you want it to. In other words, if you are serious about making a change in your life, and will put in the effort to make that happen, then amazing results can occur. It is only when the butterfly is ready to come out of the cocoon that he is successful at flying and being free. No one can do that for the butterfly.

Why is therapy different from talking to a friend?

That’s a great question! If you are fortunate enough to have a great friend that you can talk to about personal matters, you will gain tremendously. It is a great support that is needed and a friend can guide you, listen, and simply be there for you, which is very therapeutic. However, therapy is different. A therapist is trained in the different areas of mental health and has gained essential skills in linking present behaviors with past events in your life. By doing so, you can become more aware of your subconscious and the reasons why you continue certain patterns in your life. While a friend may give you advice and you can simply “vent”, a therapist can help give you the tools so that you can make your own decisions based on what works for you.

How long should I be in therapy?

It really depends on the issue you would like to work on. While I don’t believe in a quick “Band-Aid” approach to therapy, I also don’t believe in becoming “dependent” on therapy as well, which can happen! My goal would be to help you find the tools you need so you can eventually work on your own issues. Ultimately, the decision is yours as to when you would like to end therapy. At some point in therapy, you will find yourself talking about “surface” topics, and sometimes feel “I have nothing to say.” This is different than being in denial of your issues, which is when we have issues to bring up, but choose not to discuss it because its too difficult or painful.

How long are sessions?

Sessions are 50 minutes.

How often are sessions?

Once a week. This ensures the consistency and flow of therapy.

What is Marriage Family Therapy? Isn’t it for married couples only?

As an MFT we get this question a lot! Actually, a Marriage Family Therapist can see just about anyone. This includes, children, adults, couples, and families. As Marriage Family Therapists, we have been trained to look at the entire family system meaning that when an individual comes into session, we don’t just look at him alone, we also look at the entire family dynamic. This tells us much more about the person and where they come from.