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

Just the opposite!!!  It shows tremendous strength and courage to reach out for support when you need it.  By investing in therapy your are investing in your overall health and well-being for years to come and will have a positive effect in your important relationships.  Everyone needs help now and then in their lives.  In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths, repair and renew your relationships, and encourage your growth through encouragement, empowerment, and support.

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

Our family and friends have good intentions to support and help us through life’s difficulties, but often people still feel they are missing something or are needing more in-depth support.  As a licensed marriage and family therapist and mental health professional, I have the training and experience to 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 find clarity in your life. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a negative or complex emotions about certain relationships, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that this may cause conflict or difficulty within your relationships once things are going better in your life.

Why shouldn’t I just take medication?

Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues.  Most times, medication is suggested in conjunction with therapy.  As I am not a medication provider, I suggest discussing benefits of therapy with your medication provider to further understand how therapy can help you.  The most difficult thing may seem to face struggles head on, but in doing so you will be able to work through it and not have it negatively impact you anymore.

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

Each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therefore, it will be different depending on the individual.  I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs and requests.  In general, therapy works the best when you are proactive about bringing concerns/topics to each session that you would like to work through.  Having a weekly focus or challenge you will be working on in between your sessions will help you achieve your goals faster.  The recipe for success in therapy is willingness, honesty, patience, compassion towards yourself, and hard work!

How long will it take?

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 therapy.  My hope is that the therapy process is brief so that you are able to get what you need and get back to living your best life!

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

I am happy you are dedicated to getting the most out therapy.  Your active participation, dedication, and hard work will be crucial to your success.  Outside reading and challenges outside of the therapy room will help you get the most out of your therapy experience.

Rinker Therapy and Wellness PLLC
707 S. Grady Way, Suite 600
Renton, WA 98057

(253) 350-8763

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