What should I look for in a therapist?
It is important to feel like you “click” with your therapist. You should feel like you can trust them and tell them anything. Just like with other people, there will be some personalities that don’t work well together. It is ok to acknowledge this and move on to find someone you feel comfortable with. Furthermore, you should look for someone who has experience and training in what you are going through or feeling.
I have always been able to cope with my problems on my own. Why should I consider therapy?
It can be very helpful to talk with a neutral party about what you are thinking or feeling. When you talk to a therapist you can tell them anything and expect not to receive judgment. Often times it is hard to know or understand what you are thinking or feeling without processing with someone else. A therapist also has specialized training to be supportive but be able to push enough to help you discover your own insights and see things in a different way.
What’s the difference between talking to a therapist and a close friend?
A therapist isn’t involved in your personal life so they are able to stay neutral. This is important because they can tell you things that you may need to hear but not want to hear. Whereas a friend may not want to tell you the truth for fear of harming your friendship. Also, there may be things that you need to talk about that you are embarrassed about or have never told anyone about. It may feel too vulnerable to tell a friend. You may be afraid that it will change how your friend sees you. Because a therapist is a neutral party and not involved in your personal life, you will not have to worry about this.
Can I just take medication to treat my mental health concerns?
Medication can be very helpful for many people. However, medication is not meant to take all the feelings away. If this were the case, you would be numb to everything. The goal of medication is to help stabilize feelings and moods enough to be able to effectively use your coping skills. Counseling can help teach and practice these skills.
Is online therapy in Indiana as effective as in-person therapy in Greenwood, IN?
Online therapy can be just as effective as in-person therapy. In fact, research shows that most people find it to be as effective as a traditional treatment. It really depends on the client and the issues they are going through. We have seen great progress from online therapy and continue to see therapeutic relationships strengthen. Some people are actually more comfortable with online therapy due to being able to be in their own space.
My spouse/partner doesn’t want to go to couples counseling, but I think it would help. What should I do?
You can talk to your spouse/partner about why you want to go to couples therapy. Share your goals for going to therapy and explain why you feel passionate about going. If your spouse/partner still refused, then we encourage you to seek out counseling for yourself. While the couple as a unit cannot be worked on, any individual thoughts and feelings you are having in regards to relationships can be processed as well as any behaviors that you have that contribute to any disagreements.
How do I talk to my child about going to counseling?
Always talk about counseling as a positive experience. Oftentimes, parents bring up child counseling after their child has misbehaved. Even though this can be well-meaning as a way to help the child, it can turn the child off from counseling. And it can make therapy seem like a punishment. So, try to bring it up at a calm moment in a neutral situation. Let your child know that it is normal for people to talk about their thoughts and feelings. Encourage them that the counselor can just be another supportive person in their life. Also, reassure them that counseling is confidential, so their friends won’t know they’re going.
Will I need to do work outside of therapy sessions?
That is up to you. Some people really want “homework” between sessions. Some want to forget and avoid until the next session. It can be extremely helpful to practice skills, journal, or complete exercise between sessions. Taking what you learn in the counseling room and practicing applying it in your every day life can speed up your healing process.
How long does counseling usually take?
This question is very dependent on the person. It also depends on your situation, diagnosis, and past. It also depends on your motivation, commitment, and why you are seeking counseling.
I am a postpartum mother, I don’t have time to go to counseling in Greenwood, IN every week, how can you help me?
Many times new mothers do not have childcare for their baby or do not want to leave their baby. New mothers are welcome to bring their babies to postpartum counseling with them. We also offer online therapy. This can be very helpful to new moms because they don’t have to leave their house and get everyone ready. After the assessment period, it can also be determined (depending on symptoms) that biweekly appointments might be appropriate and helpful.
What counseling services do you offer in Greenwood, IN?
We offer a variety of counseling services designed to meet the needs of the clients we serve. Our counseling clinic located in the Indianapolis area offers anxiety treatment, depression treatment, trauma treatment and PTSD treatment, counseling for new mothers, child counseling, perinatal anxiety and mood disorders, couples therapy and marriage counseling, grief counseling, child therapy, and teen therapy.
Do you provide professional consultation services?
How do I begin counseling in Greenwood, IN?
- Contact our therapy clinic
- Learn more about therapy and meet with one of our caring family therapists
- Begin family therapy and discover hope for your family’s future.