I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy or take psychiatric medications weak?
Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, we’ll 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?
The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. 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 or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” If your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life. Lastly, a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner is able to recommend, prescribe and manage medications, when they are indicated.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can be effective, but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes therapy is needed in conjunction with medications. Our work together is designed to identify when medications are appropriate, as well as to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs.
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 counseling 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 counseling in the first place.
I want to get the most out of mental health treatment. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.
Do you work with members of the LGBTQIA+ community?
We are proud to say that the Oasis environment affirms LGBTQIA+ clients. We are honored to partner with members of the community and fulfill your unique needs.
Will my provider use my identified preferred pronouns, as well as my correct name?
Our providers are committed to affirming and partnering with the LGBTQIA+ community. This means we will always use your identified preferred pronouns, as well as your correct name. Please note, if your legal name is different than the name you identify as we will need to make a reference of your legal name in a particular spot within our records, as this is a legal requirement. However, all other references to name will be your name – the name you identify with.