Therapy FAQs in Miami, FL

I’ve never been to see a counselor, psychotherapist or psychologist. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?

Not. at. all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the courage to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. In our work together, I’ll help you explore and identify your strengths and how to implement them to reduce the influence of the problems you are facing. To quote shame researcher Brené Brown, “Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.”

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

As a Miami psychologist I can 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. Additionally, psychotherapy is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others knowing your business. When you rely solely on the people you know, their advice or perspective comes with a personal bias and an invested interest in the changes and decisions you make.

Why shouldn’t I just take medication?

Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing. We expand on your strengths which can help you have a clearer understanding of your self and navigate the world around you. Medication can sometimes help you become more engaged in counseling if your symptoms impact your ability to attend sessions consistently, focus and create the change that you want.

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

My highest recommendation is to be as open as you can with me, to take risks and talk about the things that you want to avoid talking about . . . but that is on your mind often. The desire to avoid a topic, theme, relationship and/or incident in your life is a tell-tale sign that it actually might be an important piece of the puzzle. I know sharing parts of your self and your life is not easy, but once you get a groove and we build a working relationship, it will become less uncomfortable and more relieving to not hold everything alone.

For further glimpses into the psychotherapy experience, check out one (or some) of the following books from an acclaimed therapist (and one of my all-time favorite authors) Dr. Irvin Yalom: The Gift of Therapy, Love’s Executioner, Creatures of a Day, or Every Day Gets a Little Closer.

How long will it take?

Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time psychotherapy depends on what you want to get out of it. Therapy can take weeks or months to allow you to feel relief, accomplish your goal or come to deeper understanding of yourself. Much of it depends on your commitment to the therapy process, your investment in personal development and the factors that are driving you to seek therapy in the first place.

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

Take risks! Speak your mind. Let me know what we are doing that is helpful and what’s not. Be an active participant in the counseling session and continue to do your own exploration, reflection and homework (if warranted) outside of the session. I’m not the expert on you, so it takes some time for me to understand what’s truly going on and how best to support you.

How do I choose a therapist in Miami, FL?

It is important to not just find someone who has the education and expertise to help you reach your goals, but also someone that you feel comfortable opening up to and being real with. Check out my blog post on finding a therapist in Miami for more tips.


Karin Lawson

7300 Biscayne Blvd Suite 200
Miami, FL 33138