Because of the many misconceptions about psychotherapy, you may be reluctant to try it out. Even if you know the realities instead of the myths, you may feel nervous about trying it yourself.
Overcoming that nervousness is worth it. That’s because any time your quality of life isn’t what you want it to be, psychotherapy can help.
Some people seek psychotherapy because they have felt depressed, anxious, guilty, shameful, or angry for a long time. Others may want help for a chronic illness that is interfering with their emotional or physical well-being. Still others may have short-term problems they need help navigating. They may be going through a divorce, facing an empty nest, coming out to friends or family, feeling overwhelmed by a new job, or grieving a family member’s death, for example.
Signs that you could benefit from therapy include:
- You feel an overwhelming, prolonged sense of helplessness and sadness.
- Your problems don’t seem to get better despite your efforts and help from family and friends.
- You find it difficult to concentrate on work assignments or to carry out other everyday activities.
- You worry excessively, expect the worst, or are constantly on edge.
- You feel like no one knows “the real you.”
- Your thoughts, feelings, or behaviors lead to guilt and shame.
It’s worth taking that first step to schedule an appointment. You are worth it!
How to Schedule an Appointment
Finding a therapist who is a good fit for you is important. Please answer the following questions so that I can help you determine whether we’d be a good match! Please send your responses to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- What do you hope to accomplish in therapy?
- What are your looking for in a therapist?
- How did you hear about me?
- What is your insurance? If it is not a Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO plan, are you able to pay my fee ($160) out of network?
- What is your availability? (e.g., midday, late afternoon, anytime on Wednesdays)
- Would you prefer to meet with me at my office in Arlington (Courthouse metro area) or at Freed BodyWorks in Capitol Hill DC (Potomac Avenue metro area)?