What happens in a helping relationship?

Some people may be afraid of coming to a psychiatrist – Am I crazy?

Some people may be afraid to come for help –
You may ask: What can I expect when I come for consultation?

Well, what happens is: we talk.

First you tell me about yourself and what brought you to come. You ask your questions and tell me what you might need. I might ask you some questions so we can both get a better understanding.

Then I give my response to what you shared. I may share some of the approaches and tools that may help you reach your goals.

After that we talk about it further and take steps to reach your goal: be it feel better, understand yourself more, find ways to deal with your situation, get help.

What if you don’t want to talk? Well, that is okay. I will be with you in your silence. If you want to write, I can write with you. If you want to draw, I can draw with you. If you want someone else to talk on your behalf, or get help for someone else, we will see what we can do. We can have a session with couples, families, or others if necessary. If you want to cry or smile or just simply have someone accept you however you are, that is okay too.

Most importantly, when you come, the space is for you.

Let me assure you…

In this space you are safe
In this space you can explore your thoughts, feelings, and emotions
In this space you are not judged
In this space you can untangle your troubles and concerns
In this space you are not alone
In this space you can look for answers to your questions
In this space you are accepted as all that you are
In this space you can take steps to be more of who you are meant to be
In this space you can identify the means to help you
In this space I am here for you if you need me
In this space you can simply be