FAQs

FAQs

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 have courage. Everyone needs help now and then. By reaching out for help, you are taking a proactive step toward mental wellness. If you broke your leg, you would likely go see a medical doctor rather than treat it on your own. Your mental health deserves the same attention. Our bodies and minds need a check-up sometimes and that doesn’t mean that you have failed in any way. Dr. McAleer will 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 family?

Talking to a close friend or family member is a valuable coping mechanism and often helps a lot! However, a trained 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, therapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about friends and family knowing your thoughts and feelings that may pertain to them. The therapeutic interventions provided by a professional are focused on your needs, without the bias that naturally occurs in personal relationships.

Lastly, clinical psychologists are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders and psychological issues. Psychologists use evidence-based practices to help clients feel relief from symptoms and to create individualized treatment plans to target your specific issues. Working with a trained professional, like Dr. McAleer, eliminates bias from your family and friends and creates a space that is yours alone.

Why shouldn’t I just take medication?

Medication can be effective, but it cannot solve all issues by itself. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with therapy. Dr. McAleer will work with you to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals. If medication is recommended, Dr. McAleer will assist with referrals and consult with other providers, such as psychiatrists and general practitioners, as needed.

How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?

Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, it will be different depending on the individual. Dr. McAleer tailors her therapeutic approach to your specific needs. During your first session, you will discuss why you are seeking therapy, any recent or ongoing stressors in your life, and some background information.

Common things you might discuss in weekly sessions include the current struggles in your life, patterns and past experiences that may contribute to your current functioning, and the relationships, experiences, and day-to-day interactions that may affect your thoughts and feelings. Sessions will address your internal process and help identify cognitive distortions, negative thinking patterns, and emotional dysregulation.

It is normal to feel anxious or apprehensive about your first session, it is not easy telling your personal issues to a stranger after all! However, Dr. McAleer will address those concerns and help you feel comfortable with the therapy process. Dr. McAleer is empathic and open-minded and strives to build rapport and trust among all her therapy clients.

How long will it take?

Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. 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.

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

It is wonderful that you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions! Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success. While everyone’s experience in therapy is different, it is important to discuss your specific goals and be open about things that are working and things that are not working for you. Having realistic expectations and clear communication with your therapist can help the therapeutic relationship and your progress overall.

 

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