I’ve never been to a therapist, what can I expect?
Therapy with Craig is a one hour, one-on-one discussion (unless you come for couples or family therapy) in a calm, comfortable office. The time is spent discussing issues and exploring solutions. Craig’s primary aim is to let you lead the discussion and to offer support, new perspectives, and possible solutions to whatever is going on in your life. It is important for clients to know that often times things in therapy can feel uncomfortable, and that for some it feels that things must get worse before they get better.
Why is therapy different than just sitting and chatting with a good friend?
For most, good friends are essential to a happy healthy life, however when it comes to offering neutral, objective thinking toward one’s life, those closest to us may, without knowing it, be injecting their own interests into your life. In other words, it’s hard for friends to get themselves out of the situation. Therapists on the other hard are trained and work hard to help clients find solutions that are right for the client, not for the therapist.
If I go to a therapist does it mean I’m weak or crazy?
This is a sad stigma placed on therapy and one that has done a huge disservice to how we deal with our lives and issues. LIfe is challenging and all normal people in their lives will experience a wide range of issues, challenges and emotions. Sure some will want to keep these experiences hidden from the rest of the world, but Craig’s philosophy (like many of the most famous names in psychology) is that the more we own and discuss what’s going on inside, the more inner strength and wisdom we develop, and the more we learn how to deal with and enjoy our lives. Psychologist Alfred Adler said it all when he said, “The only normal people are the one’s you don’t know very well.” Don’t kid yourself, if you are struggling you are not alone. All of us struggle. It’s how we deal with it that may make the big difference. It take courage, not weakness, to ask for help and to work for a change in life.
How long does it all last?
As mentioned above, Craig’s approach is that the client leads the relationship. This means that every relationship is different. Some may come once, some a few times, and some regularly for years. It all depends on the client’s goal and the effectiveness of the connection.