I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.
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?
Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
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 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.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.
What is telemental health?
Telemental Health, also known as video conferencing, is a different way of participating in face to face counseling. There are many reasons why mental health professionals are offering more virtual counseling options these days. Here are just a few of the benefits you will receive:
- Convenience: Sessions carried out in your own private location.
- Flexibility: Find a time that works best with your schedule, no driving required.
- Accessibility: Unable to leave your home, or prefer not to? With the proper equipment, sessions are available anywhere in the state of North Carolina.
- Anonymity: No shared waiting rooms means your privacy is ensured.
The nature of doing counseling virtually is not without challenges. I will cover these with you when we connect to discuss your needs and determine if Telemental Health is the best fit to meet those needs.
I am not sure that I have what I need to do a video session? What is required for success?
To participate in Telehealth appointments from your home, you need one of the following devices:
- Desktop computer with a webcam and speakers
- Laptop computer with built-in webcam and speakers
- Tablet device with built-in webcam and speakers
- Smartphone an app is required when using this device-available for iOS or Android through the app store
*You will also need an internet connection that is at least 10mbps. For optimal results, a reliable, high-speed internet connection with a bandwidth of at least 10 mbps will minimize connection issues and provide the best quality.
I am worried about my privacy? Will my sessions be secure since they are done over the internet?
Our sessions will be carried out through a HIPAA secure platform that ensures privacy and confidentiality. You can improve the level of confidentiality on your end by ensuring that you are in a private place where you are free to talk and share openly without distractions, using earphones is also beneficial.
Do you offer a need based sliding scale?
Yes, I feel strongly about the benefits that counseling can bring to your life and do not want any who have a need for help to be hindered from receiving it for financial reasons. If you find yourself in this situation please contact me so we can discuss options.