Before you schedule your first appointment at Manatee Associates of Counseling & Assessment, we know that you probably have some questions. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is always here to provide answers for you, so don’t hesitate to call. We also provided the answers to the frequently asked questions we hear about therapy and assessment services on this page.
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 courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or a family member?
The difference is between someone who can listen and support you, 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 different 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. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and 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 can be effective, but medication 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 the 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 issues and goals for counseling, your therapy sessions will be different depending on your individual needs. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific goals.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say on a general FAQ page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them, and the length of time counseling 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 counseling 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 are actually the most crucial elements to your success, so you’re already on your way to get the most out of your counseling sessions.
Let’s Get Started!
We know it can be intimidating to take this next step to schedule an appointment with our team. You may have had negative experiences with therapy in the past, you may be worried about stigma surrounding counseling, or you may just be worried. We get it. The good news is we can help you put some of those worries aside and start feeling like yourself again. When you’re ready, the Manatee Associates of Counseling & Assessment team is here for you.