I was watching a show the other day where one of the characters is struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). They were confronted by a friend in the show who is concerned about some of the behaviors they have noticed. The character with PTSD is experiencing irritability, anger, nightmares, and flashbacks from being overseas in a war zone. When they are approached about this from their friend who suggests therapy, they say they don’t need a therapist; a stranger to fix all their problems. This can be a common response when someone is experiencing trauma & PTSD. It is something that is hard to face, often uncomfortable and painful, but facing it is what helps healing begin.
Starting therapy can be intimidating, and there are still many people who are hesitant to see a therapist. Unfortunately, a lot of this has to do with the stigma around mental health. As an advocate for breaking the stigma and providing access to mental healthcare, it is important to know that I take your emotional and mental health as seriously as your physical health. In addition to therapy often feeling intimidating, there can also be a level of uncertainty and discomfort in telling a stranger some of the most tender and vulnerable things you have experienced or are currently struggling with, but it can also be freeing to not have to deal with it alone. To have someone by your side that understands what your brain is doing, what you are going through, and can offer support can be a very valuable thing. When I work with my clients, I often let them know at the beginning that we will take some time to get to know one another and make sure we are a good fit for counseling. This is important when you are working through tough things because you want to work with someone you can trust. The other important thing you should know about my approach to working with you is that I truly believe you are the expert of your life. Everyone experiences situations that arise in life differently. Therapy is an individualized and unique experience that is tailored to you, it’s not one size fits all. Together, we can work on what has brought you to therapy in a way that is healing and supportive for you.
It’s okay to be apprehensive about scheduling your first session. It is common to feel uncertain and nervous, and that is why I have included several different ways you can reach out on my website. You can send me an email, fill out a contact form, call me, or even go to the home page and schedule your own 15-minute consultation or session. Regardless of what you choose and what you are struggling with, I’m here when you are ready.