You may be asking yourself this question, and the answer is, yes! Now, you may think to yourself “How do you know?”, and yes, you’re right I don’t know what brings you here. I do, however, know that the process of talk therapy is suitable for most people. Whether you’re struggling with anxiety, sadness, low self-esteem or relationship difficulties, your therapist can help! As therapists we always strive to “meet clients where they’re at”, which means that whether you’re ready to address your problems head on and make changes in your life, or just explore some difficulties, your therapist will be there to support you.
Therapy has become more present in the media, however, there are many myths surrounding therapy. Let’s discuss some of them, so you can make the right decision for yourself.
Myth 1. My therapist will tell me what to do
A trained therapist will never tell you what to do (other than maybe get lots of sleep and drink water). In therapy, we work on the goals you have for yourself and you will play an active role in setting your therapy goals. Your agency will be respected in therapy, and you will not be pressured into anything.
Myth 2. My problems aren’t serious enough
People seek therapy for many reasons such as career exploration, difficulty sleeping, issues in relationships or life transitions, such as moving or starting a new position. No issue is too small, or too big for therapy. We’re here to support you with whatever brings you in.
Myth 3. All you do in therapy is talk about your parents
False! While your therapist will ask questions about your background to better understand you as a person, not all forms of therapy focus on your past. Many therapeutic approaches focus on present thinking patterns. The relationship between a therapist and their client is collaborative, so you will be able to tell your therapist if you feel uncomfortable discussing certain topics.
Myth 4. My therapist will tell others what I shared with them
Absolutely not! What you share with your therapist is strictly confidential. We will only share agreed upon information if you sign consent for us to speak to a family member, doctor etc. In very extreme circumstances; if you are a danger to yourself or others, we may encourage a higher level of care. During your first session your therapist will explain confidentiality in depth and you will have a chance to ask any questions about it
Myth 5. Therapy is too expensive for me
Insurance plans cover therapy. If you don’t have insurance or are experiencing financial difficulties speak to one of our staff members and they will be able to discuss sliding scale fees and other options. We strive to provide services to all clients, regardless of your financial situation.
-Natalia Balagulska, MA, LPC