FAQs

I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?

Not at all. It takes wisdom and courage to reach out for support that will help you overcome obstacles and live life more fully. As humans, we are built to go on our journeys with supportive others. In our work together, I’ll help you build upon your strengths to be more flexible and responsive to life’s challenges.

What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?

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 so you will have the needed privacy to work on any challenges getting in the way of you living your fullest life.

Why shouldn’t I just take medication?

Medication can 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, I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs. We will work collaboratively set overall goals for therapy and each time we meet we will plan what we want to work on in that session.

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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.

I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?

I’m so glad you are dedicated to getting the most out of your sessions! Having an idea of what you’d like to work on before each session and being willing to do home assignments in between sessions sets you up for success. Home assignments are ways to help you try out what you’re learning and change your life for the better. These might be things like tracking specific thoughts or behaviors, scheduling positive activities, relaxation or mindfulness exercises, or facing feared situations. The more fully you commit to putting into practice what you are learning, the bigger the changes you will see.

Jeanette Lantz, Ph.D.

Online Cognitive Behavioral Psychologist
Licensed Psychologist
Washington – PY60502318
California – PSY23674
Board Certified in Biofeedback – B5773

jlantz@cbtnorthwest.com
253-792-1077

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