What is the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychiatrist?
Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in understanding how medications for mood disorders interact with the body and other medications you may be taking. Some psychiatrists may provide occasional therapy but they primarily provide medication.
Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Licensed Counselors are Masters level professionals, sometimes referred to as psychotherapists, who are specifically trained in mental health. We provide counseling and do not prescribe medication.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals.
Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy.
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 ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason isn’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, I’ll help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
Friends and family are often important and well intentioned parts of your support system. A 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, bias or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, therapy is completely confidential.
What about confidentiality?
Law protects the relationship between therapist and client and information cannot be disclosed without your written consent. It is an important component of our therapeutic relationship and designed to ensure safe and open communication in a judgment free environment. The only exceptions are if and when there is suspected child abuse/neglect or when a client threatens harm to self or others, in which case every effort is made to ensure the safety of those affected as required by law.