FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I really need therapy?
Sometimes problems move into our lives - they are usually uninvited, obnoxious, hurtful, and intrusive. I am passionate about helping you rediscover your strengths in order to regain a sense of power over your life. I believe that everyone can benefit from therapy and on the other hand, I know that people can be incredibly strong and resilient. One of the major philosophies at Restoration Counseling is that the person (you) is not the problem, the problem is the problem. So, in short, the answer to this question is that it is completely up to you! Nobody can force you to come, but you must already have a great deal of courage if you are reading this now.
What should I expect from an appointment?
The flow of a typical appointment is completely up to you. If you are looking for a meeting full of laughs, simply bring your joyful stories! If you are feeling that you need a listening ear for some of the problems that have attacked your life, I can provide that for you. A meeting can be full of laughter, tears, brainstorming, or even silence! The most important thing is that you feel like you are receiving what you need.
Is Restoration Counseling right for me?
Restoration Counseling offers services to all people! I have worked extensively with children, teenagers, and adults. I enjoy working with people from all cultural, sexual, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds. For a more extensive explanation of specific trainings and skills I have, please click here.
Should I refer my friend or family member to therapy?
This is a great question. Often times the best way for a person to start seeing a therapist is by their own decision. This is because people often find the most benefit from therapy when they discover the courage within themselves to share their story with another person. If you have a friend or family member that you feel would benefit from thrapy, simply offer them a link to this website or see if they would like to contact Restoration Counseling by phone.
How to find the right therapist?
At the end of the day, the most important thing to me is that you are finding the support you need. I offer a free 30 minute consultation to determine if we are a good fit for each other. If you feel that it may not be a good fit, I will help you find a therapist that may be better suited.
How do I make an appointment?
If it is your first appointment, the best way to make an appointment at Restoration Counseling is to fill out the contact form. Once this is submitted, I will get back to you shortly about scheduling your first appointment. If this is not your first appointment at Restoration Counseling, simply follow this link to make your appointment online. If you are unable to make an appointment online you may also call (206) 929-2738 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will I have to do homework and work outside of therapy?
While this can be a tool used in some therapeutic circles, I typically do not assign homework at Restoration Counseling. However, you are always welcome to bring in things you are proud of or have worked on in between meetings. Sometimes this can be a great conversation starter!
Yes. You do not need to be taking any medication to come to therapy. If you are looking for someone to prescribe you medication, I am not able to. You can usually receive medication from licensed prescribers like psychiatrists, general doctors, and others. Therapy is an excellent way to supplement treatment when taking medications like anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medications. Some people like to try therapy as a drug free method to seek help. In any case, consult with a licensed professional who can subscribe for advice regarding medication.