For some people, going to individual therapy has always had a negative connotation. Maybe you grew up in a family/culture that fostered the idea: “you don’t tell strangers any of your personal business.” Perhaps you feel shame about needing help because you were always taught that you needed to work out things on your own, and that to need help is a sign of weakness. Maybe the old adages about how therapists “shrink” your mind and control your thoughts has become a real concern for you. You might possibly feel like you don’t have time, even though a part of you knows you really need it. For any of the reasons listed and maybe a million more that weren’t, you have never given yourself permission to sit down and talk to a therapist. There’s no judgment. We get it. And as much as we get it, we can assure you that therapy is none of those things. But, let’s talk about what it is.
Individual therapy is a conversation – a safe space for you to explore and work out internal conflict with a professional listener. But what does that really mean? What does it mean to be a safe space? Webster defines safe as something that is “secure from threat of danger, harm or loss.” Our aim is not to hurt you at all. We want you to be better. Keeping things, like secrets and pain, bottled up can make you sick over time. Our therapists and the walls of our offices are the secret keepers you never knew you needed (with the exception of the secrets that we can’t keep due to the limits of MD, DC confidentiality laws which make us mandated reporters of child abuse and neglect, and client risk of homocide or suicide).