Can I see Dr. Camden online instead of in-person?
You sure can. Dr. Camden offers telehealth therapy or telemental health sessions on a HIPAA-secure platform so your privacy is protected even online. Traveling to a therapy appointment is one extra stressor you don’t need to worry about.
I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy kind of weak?
Nope. Reaching out to a counselor or therapist takes strength and takes courage. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the good sense to ask for it. People aren’t meant to do everything on their own. In our work together, we will identify and use your strengths to deal with whatever is bothering you.
What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?
The difference is between someone who can do something, and someone who has the training and experience to do that same thing professionally. A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication can certainly be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.
How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?
Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, it will be different depending on the individual. We will get to know each other, talk about what you want to be better or different in your life, and make a plan together for how to changes things for the better.
How long will it take?
Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling can take to allow you to accomplish your goals depends on your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place. The main thing to know is that therapy is a choice. You are never obligated to continue or to participate in more sessions than you want to.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
I am so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions. Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success.