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 ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason isn’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, we’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.
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, 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 alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals.
Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. We tailor our 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 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?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication is crucial to your success. After all, we only see each other for a session a week. It’s the work you do outside of our sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development.
My partner and I are having problems. Should we be in individual counseling or come together?
If you are concerned about your relationship, and you would both like to work with one of our therapists, we would initially meet with both of you together for an assessment to determine the best course of action. Together, we may decide individual treatment for one or both of you would be beneficial prior to starting couples work. Sometimes there are individual concerns or issues that would be beneficial to address prior to couples work to increase effectiveness of later work to strengthen the relationship. Another option if for one or each of you do see one of our clinicians for individual counseling and a different therapist for couples work. Other times couples do not exhibit any individual barriers that could interfere with the couple work being effective and therefore that’s where we would start. After that work, if one of you would like to continue in individual sessions, the couple’s therapist could work with only one of you. It is not helpful to move from individual into couple’s work with the same therapist because of potential trust issues.
I’m already scheduled and have agreed to where a mask following CDC guidelines and state safety recommendations, how do I get to your office?
Directions to Better Care Counseling at Hodusa Tower in Clearwater are as follows: We are located on the third floor of Hodusa Tower. Our address is 28870 US Hwy 19N Clearwater, FL 33761. Hodusa Tower is a 5 story glass building set back from 19N just south of Curlew. If you are heading south on 19N and pass Curlew, look for the restaurant Hamburger Mary’s and make the next right onto Boy Scout Rd which turns into the parking lot for my building. If you are heading North on US 19N, you can make a left onto Boy Scout Rd once you see the restaurant Koby’s but we recommend going to Curlew in order to make the U-turn at a light and following the above directions. Once you enter the building, just head up to the third floor, which opens to the main waiting and reception area.