FAQs

I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own.  Why therapy?

It takes courage to try a new approach.  Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’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?

Talking with a friend or family member can often be beneficial and supportive.  The difference is – speaking in confidence someone who has had specialized training and experience can help you approach your situation in a new way.  It can teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, and be heard without judgment or expectations. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation brings up a lot of pain and emotion, a therapist will know how to help you deal with what comes up, process it all, and feel safe.

Why shouldn’t I just take medication?

Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed 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 therapy. What can I do to help?

I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions!  Therapy often involves dealing with difficult, challenging feelings and thoughts.  Your courage in coming to counseling is already a big step.  If you come prepared to explore, discover, and allow yourself to be vulnerable, you are most likely to experience positive and gratifying changes.

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Los Gatos
800 Pollard Rd Suite B-201
peter@yourgrowthcounseling.com
(408) 831-2974


Fremont
39899 Balentine Dr. 355
peter@windowsofopportunitycounseling.com
510-979-0200

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