Questions & Answers 

Is therapy right for me?

The decision to begin working with a therapist can be difficult. It is normal to feel uncertain and to experience mixed emotions. Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, body-image issues, conflict, grief, stress management, and general life transitions. Therapy is beneficial to anyone who is interested in getting more out of life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change.

If I commit to counseling, what can I expect? How can I get the most out of counseling?

It is important to understand that you receive better results from counseling when you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of counseling is to help you bring what you learn in counseling sessions back into your life. Beyond the work you do in counseling sessions, if you are receptive to “homework” (activities such as monitoring your behavior, practicing new skills and behaviors, readings, and other activities designed to help you learn and grow), Ms. Mansouri can suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your progress. While counseling can help you learn important skills, the work you do outside of your counseling sessions may be most impactful in helping you achieve your goals.

How long will it take?

Depending on your specific needs, counseling can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal growth and development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular weekly counseling sessions initially, and then space them out as you see progress.

How does it work?
What do I have to do in counseling sessions?

Because each person has different issues and unique goals for counseling, the work will be different depending on the individual. Ms. Mansouri tailors her therapeutic approach to your specific needs. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to what’s bringing you to counseling, and report progress or any new insights gained from the previous counseling session.

What’s the difference between talking to a therapist, my best friend, or a family member?

Therapists are highly trained to listen and make assessments. They understand how to hold a client’s story and work through emotional pain and life’s struggles at a pace that meets the client’s needs. In a crisis, therapists are trained in how to keep you safe, provide you with direction, and make referrals to programs that you may need. Family and friends may be understandably less objective and more easily swayed by your emotional reactions, making it harder for them to guide you through a difficult time. A skilled mental health professional such as a therapist can help you approach your situation in a new way, teach you new skills, introduce you to different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Another benefit of therapy is that is confidential, meaning that you do not have to worry about people finding out about sensitive information that you may not be ready to share.