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Rising Therapy Solutions

frequently asked questions

Q1. How do I know I need to seek treatment?

When you’re faced with difficult situations, whether it’s because of a professional setback, rejection, financial issues, relationships, personal loss, or some other reason, having a counselor can be a relief. Most of the time, you’re able to bounce back eventually. But sometimes you might need a little extra help to do so.

Seeking treatment or simply speaking with a counselor allows you to talk through your personal concerns, develop coping strategies and increase self-awareness. You are the master in your life however if you’re feeling stressed, having relationship problems or just need someone to talk to, I can help you to develop methods and strategies to help cope and move forward.

Q2. How can Therapy help me?

Through therapy, a counselor can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues, and creative blocks. They can also help you manage personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn.

Q3. What is Therapy like?

Since each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).

Q4. What’s the difference between talking to a therapist or my best friend or family?

Talking to sympathetic friends and family members is always a good idea!  Having a strong support system is one of the best things you can do for your mental health. Talking to a counselor is a completely different experience from talking to a friend.  One of the main differences between therapy and talking to friends is that therapy is CONFIDENTIAL. What you say in therapy, stays in therapy!

Q5. How do I know I can trust the therapist I am seeing?

Confidentiality is a must both ethically and legally; your personal information will be kept protected. Information collected will not be shared with other people or organizations unless you consent or if there is a substantial reason to believe that you or others are at significant risk of harm.

Q6. Will I be judged during treatment?

Therapy is a judgment-free zone and a potential safe haven. You can talk about anything to help recover during the therapeutic process. As your therapist, I will create a SAFE space for you- one that is completely non-judgmental. Most of my clients find that this is a unique situation where they can freely explore things about themselves and their lives that they have not been able to do anywhere else. Therapy will help you gain a better understanding of yourself and those around you. It will help you live a healthier beneficial quality of life. Most of us carry around some shame about our shadow, self-therapy is a safe and appropriate place to process those feelings.

Q7. Will anyone else know that I am in therapy?

As a professional therapist, I am mandated to uphold your treatment status confidential. I take your privacy to be of the highest priority. If someone is part of the treatment plan, only they will know what goes on during a session.

Q8. Do I have to say things I don't want to talk about?

No, therapy is completely at your own pace, if you are not ready to open about certain things it is totally fine. My approach is not to force or coerce you in any way, shape, or form.

Q9. How long will I be in therapy?

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. Therapy, on average, lasts about 6 months but varies from person to person. In some cases, therapy lasts years or just a few months depending on how severe the condition or situation is.

Q10. How often are sessions?

Sessions are usually once per week, but twice a week might be appropriate. You and I both can decide what works best for your situation.

Q11. How do I know if therapy is working?

We set goals during the first session or two and break down those goals into manageable pieces. If you or I am not seeing us accomplishing our goals, we will re-evaluate whether the goals are relevant and what may be getting in the way of progress.  By repeatedly checking in on our work together, assessing your growth, and setting clear goals we can measure your progress and easily make course corrections.