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I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak? Don't people only go to therapy to talk about their problems?

Not at all. Reaching out for additional support can be scary and is a very courageous first step. Everyone needs help now and then. We all experience tough times throughout our lives, but having someone you can talk to can make those struggles a bit easier. Therapy can be a place to talk about difficult topics and a space to share strengths, positive experiences, and success stories. We are here to listen and support you on your healing journey. Everyone deserves to experience a life that is joyful, healthy, and fun! 

What’s the difference between talking to a therapist 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. 

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 concerns and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. Olive and Vine Counseling tailors our therapeutic approach to your specific needs. Typically, with many individual sessions, we provide space for  a check-in to determine how you have been doing since the last session and to allow time for you to bring up a topic you would like to discuss or work on. Treatment planning, depending on your presenting concerns,  can either be structured around learning more about your symptoms and skill to apply outside of sessions or more informal to allow you the time to discuss what you think needs attention during that appointment time. 

How long will it take?

Because every individual and their areas of growth are unique, the length of treatment can not be predicted in a general sense. The time it takes to reach identified goals depends on the individuals presenting concerns that lead them to seek counseling services, commitment to the therapeutic process, and motivation for positive change. 

I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?

Your commitment and motivation are good predictors of treatment outcomes. We meet you where you are and ask that you be open and honest with your therapist. One way for us to support you to the best of our ability is to have the correct knowledge and information to work with. We also want you to feel comfortable enough to provide feedback to your therapist so that we can ensure that we are providing you with the best services.

Still have more questions? Great! Reach out to us and we will be happy to answer!