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. Everyone needs help now and then. It takes self awareness and courage to admit there’s a problem and to reach out for help. In our work together, I’ll help you identify and explore your strengths and how to develop them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing.

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

Usually, by the time someone contacts me, they have already tried talking to family and friends, and feel like they need something more. There are several unique things about talking to a therapist. Since the process is confidential, there’s greater freedom to talk about things you might feel uncomfortable telling a friend or family member. By virtue of our training and experience, therapists are uniquely qualified 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 listen to yourself. Also, talking to a therapist can actually help protect your other close relationships by providing a regular structure and relationship specifically for addressing your concerns.

Why shouldn’t I just take medication?

Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with psychotherapy, but medication by itself cannot resolve all psychological issues.  Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing, which medication cannot do.

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

This is a good question that does not lend itself to a simple answer. The main thing is to talk openly and honestly about the issues that have brought you in to see me. There are many different methods that can be used in psychotherapy; I will do my best to help you understand how the process works in your particular situation.

How long will it take?

The length of psychotherapy varies greatly, from several sessions to several years of in-depth work. It depends on your goals, level of motivation and commitment, and the severity of the issues that prompted you to seek help. An estimate of the length of time required is generally made at the outset, and revised if required as the process unfolds.

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. I can give you more specific suggestions as I get to know you and your concerns in more depth.

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8015 W. Alameda Ave. Suite 230
Lakewood, CO 80226

drduiven@drduiven.com
(303) 202-6143

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