What’s the difference between talking a therapist or to friends 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, therapy 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, if 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 works best when used in addition to therapy. True North Therapy does not prescribe medications, but will work with your prescriber to insure the most comprehensive level of care.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Therapy is YOUR time, not the therapist’s. Your personal goals and style, paired with the therapist’s knowledge and expertise, will be the leading force in how therapy looks and feels. Some people prefer supportive psychotherapy, others are more appropriate for a time limited Cognitive Behavioral Therapy plan.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is 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 in the first place.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, you will only see your therapist for a session a week, or even every other week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.