Frequently Asked Questions
What is Therapy?
People come to therapy for a variety
of reasons, they may have experienced an unexpected
change, a crisis, a loss, or they just need a "booster
shot" or reminder of how to access progressive
Therapy is a series of direct, honest
conversations between you and a therapist skilled in
helping people change. The overall goal is to help you
find solutions to problems and to reduce or eliminate
problem behaviors and distressing symptoms that may
interfere with achieving greater life satisfaction.
Specific goals will be established
based on what you want to accomplish and the
recommendations of your therapist. Your therapist's
role is to guide you in identifying and using your
strengths to reach these goals. It is up to you to
determine the duration of therapy sessions.
Therapy sessions my be individual or
include family and/or significant people in your life.
Therapy can also take place in a group setting,
allowing for you to share concerns and feelings with
others that are in similar situations.
What Can you Expect from Therapy?
Therapy is a commitment to work on
learning new ways to communicate, problem solve,
manage stress and think differently. Success may
depend on how goals are set, how hard you and/or other
family members and the therapist work, how motivated
you are to change, and how well you use your strengths
to learn new skills.
Therapy often entails dealing with
difficult issues therefore it may be uncomfortable or
unsettling at times. Therapy can provide a framework
for making improvements, locating solutions, and can
often be the source of considerable personal change. I
hope that your experience at Valentine Counseling
Services, LLC will be successful. I hope that you will
experience changes that lead to greater life
satisfaction, inner peace, hope, and happiness.
Can I return to therapy after having
had a negative therapy experience?
I have encountered many clients who
were brave enough to give therapy another chance after
having a negative experience with another provider.
The words they use to describe me and the way I
practice as a therapist are non-judgmental,
non-biased, caring, an excellent listener, and a
therapist without an agenda. I commit to providing a
safe atmosphere and positive energy so that someone
who fears therapy or has had a negative experience
will find the bravery, confidence and hope to reach
out and try again.