Questions about Counseling
Questions about counseling are common. It’s important that you have all the necessary information when deciding whether to call a therapist. If you have questions that aren’t answered below, I encourage you to contact me for a free consultation. I’d be happy to answer any questions you have.
Do I need therapy?
This is a very personal decision. If you feel stuck, or like it’s really time to get an outside perspective, then a counselor might be the right answer for you. Certainly, family conflicts can benefit from a counselor’s assistance, because it involves someone who isn’t invested in one perspective or another in the family conflict. That impartiality can be a powerful voice in the family healing process.
I encourage you to check out my blog post on this topic. It has some important issues to consider when deciding if it’s time to call a therapist.
Can’t I just confide in someone who already knows me, like a family member or close friend?
A personal confidant can be a terrific thing, but it’s not the same as seeing a therapist. Someone trained in relational issues and mental health is equipped to help you discover patterns in your relationships, and address those. Your friends and family members, no matter how well meaning, are part of those relational patterns. While they may give you personal advice, they don’t offer the same perspective as a trained mental health and relationship expert.
What is therapy like with you?
It is a process that’s devoted to helping you get where you want to be. This begins with my getting to know you, hearing the story of you, and giving you the chance to share your feelings about your experiences. As we move forward, it’s not about my telling you how to fix your life. Rather, it’s about my helping you see your life and relationships more clearly, and empowering you to make positive changes. It is a supportive environment, where I’m on your side, even when we’re doing the difficult work of leaning into discomfort. By taking on the issues in life that cause us discomfort, we gain power over them. I cherish the process of traveling this journey with my clients.
What are the benefits of therapy?
Working with a good therapist can have many important benefits, both emotional and physical. By developing insight into your life and relationships, you can become empowered to intentionally choose the life you want. This can lead to reduced anxiety, less depression, and improved confidence. Also, because psychological distress tends to live in our bodies, you may potentially feel more physically relaxed, sleep better, have improved digestion, and fewer headaches from stress. Of course, everyone is unique, so your response will be specific to you. Successful therapy depends on many things.
If you have questions about counseling or neurofeedback, feel free to contact me to schedule a free consultation.
Chris Neal, MA, LPC Candidate