Ask a Therapist: How long should I see a therapist/counselor for?

On June 17, 2016, Posted by , In Counseling,Therapy, By ,, , With No Comments

Q&A with  Kristen Martinez, Seattle Therapist In most cases, for as long as you want to! The beauty of therapy is that the control is in your hands. If you think that, after working with a counselor or therapist for several sessions, you’ve achieved what you wanted out of therapy, then you’re…

Ask a Therapist: How is counseling different from talking to my best friend?

On June 9, 2016, Posted by , In Counseling,Therapy, By , , With No Comments

Q&A with  Kristen Martinez, Seattle Therapist Counseling is much different from talking to your best friend. Whether you realize it or not, your best friends, as supportive as they may be, always have some sort of “angle”. Let’s face it – they’re biased! They may want the best for you, and may…

Ask a Therapist: Can counselors or therapists prescribe medications?

Q&A with  Kristen Martinez, Seattle Therapist Counselors and therapists usually cannot prescribe medications, unless they hold an additional degree as a prescriber (like an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner or a psychiatrist). Counselors and therapists will work in conjunction with medication prescribers, but they have been trained in methods that primarily don’t involve…

How to Find the Right Counselor or Therapist

So you’ve decided you could probably benefit from talking to a counselor or therapist. Congratulations! That’s a brave first step. But that’s when things may start to feel overwhelming for you. Before you even set foot into a psychotherapist’s office and begin to tackle the issues you’ve been struggling with,…