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Is therapy right for me?

Entering therapy is a choice not a reaction. There are a lot of reasons why someone enters therapy. The most important reason is your reason. Many people enter therapy because they feel something is not quite right, because a particular relationship is in danger of significant change, or a desired goal seems impossible to reach. Many enter therapy when they are not able to overcome certain conflicts, either on the job or in important relationships. I will help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. I have addressed many types of issues including mood problems, anxiety issues, conflicts, grief, stress management, body-image issues, general life transitions, traumas and abuse, substance and eating issues, etc. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life. It is my goal to help you do just that. If you are interested in a practical hands on approach to problem solving, Holcomb Telehealth Counseling is the place to start. 

Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.

Sometimes you just have to ask yourself, “How much longer can I go on with the same old life patterns and expect different results?” Pushing pain uphill like a large boulder is no fun. Sometimes we even feel like we will crest the hill and push it over the top. Rarely is this the case. If that is true, is pushing a boulder uphill the correct strategy. In my practice it is not. Often, patterns need to be changed but are very difficult to change. People are pretty resilient and can tolerate quite a bit of discomfort before deciding to do something different. Often, our perceptions of problems feels very personal and make us feel very alone. Many are not used to asking for help. Sometimes all we need is an opportunity to vent. I will never ask you to continue pushing your problems uphill. You have been doing that for years and that is why you are where you are. We will abandon that paradigm together and begin a new approach. 

What is therapy like?

Every therapy intention is unique. There will be times when therapy is just about talking about what happened between sessions. Some aspects of treatment should be enjoyable. It is my job to create a rhythm in the counseling so that you have a comfortable place to be yourself.  I want you to have the sense of accomplishing something without too many negative side effects from the treatment. In order to sustain treatment a balanced approach must be taken. Therapy will include a discussion about what we are changing and what we are not changing. Therapy usually includes the monitoring of symptoms and goals. We will also talk about homework from the previous session and decide what to do next. We will practice in session techniques and attitudes regarding the current issues at hand. We will then set up homework for the next session and have a recap of out discussion. Certain goals may include the homework of practicing behaviors and attitudes between sessions, reading, completing a project, self-reflection, keeping track of something, just enjoying yourself. Please feel free to ask any questions. Here are some things you can expect out of therapy:

  • Compassion and accountability
  • Options for changing
  • Strategies for life improvement and getting to value based living
  • Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance

Is medication a substitute for therapy?

In some cases a combination of medication and therapy will be right for you. In the event that a medication evaluation seems appropriate, a referral from your primary care provider may be necessary depending on your insurance. Some systems of care may require this type of referral even if you have a PPO policy. Most psychological problems are thought to have roots in a personal or family biology, psychology, and social domains. All three need to be addressed to find lasting solutions. The biologic component does not always mean medication. It can mean diet, exercise, wellness activities, etc. In the event medications are warranted please remember that you are in charge of what you put into your body and should always weigh the risk and benefit profile of each choice—this also includes whether to enter counseling. Medication can be part of the larger picture of your recovery and help you return to improved functioning. 

HOW DO I CHOOSE BETWEEN MEDICATION AND THERAPY?