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    I’ve never talked to anyone about my problems.  I’m used to handling things on my own.  Are people who go to therapy just weak?

    No, not at all.  Everyone needs help now and then, and it takes courage to reach out.  OAC therapists can help individuals explore and identify their strengths, and learn new or different ways to reduce the impact of the problems they are facing.

    What is the difference between talking to a therapist or my own best friend or family?

    The difference is that with a therapist you are talking to someone who has experience and training in helping clients see and understand their unique situation in a new way.  Your therapist can help you develop new skills and gain a different perspective.  They will listen to you without judgement or expectations. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential and a safe place to share your thoughts, concerns and fears.

    Why don’t I just take medication?

    Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues or problems.  Our work together can help you better understand the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strength/skills in accomplishing your personal goals.  Sometimes medication is needed along with counseling, or maybe you are already on medication and still struggling. A therapist can help you identify the best strategy and resources for medication management and treatment.

    How does it work?  How long will it take?

    The amount or length of time you spend in therapy is entirely up to you.  Each person has individual issues and goals, and scheduling for counseling will likely differ for each client.  When you contact OAC, our referral coordinator will recommend a therapist who can best help you in your unique situation. Many clients feel better after a few sessions, and some clients will continue for a longer period of time.