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. In the same way we visit the doctor’s office when we are unwell or wear a cast when we fracture a bone, psychotherapy is a method of taking care of ourselves and our health. To seek help when we need it shows agency, courage, and self compassion.

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?

While the job of the therapist is to develop an understanding of the client’s presenting problems and create a treatment plan consistent with client goals, the client does have some responsibilities as well. It is the client’s job to attend therapy consistently and on time. The client also understands that to benefit from therapy, he or she must be as forthcoming and honest as possible. Clients that benefit most from therapy are engaged during sessions and willing to show their true selves.

How long will it take?

It is impossible to speculate about length of treatment because it is dependent on many things, including presenting issues and client goals. Therapeutic progress and termination are continually and openly discussed throughout treatment.

What if Illuminated Self Therapy Services isn’t right for me?

You have the right to therapy that is helpful and comfortable. If at any point you have concerns, it is appropriate to openly and honestly discuss those with your therapist. A well trained therapist can accommodate a wide range of client needs. However, if your therapist is simply not a good fit for your needs, you will be provided with other community referrals to get the help you need. Not every therapist is right for every client, and that is ok!