Can't I just solve my problems on my own or talk to friends?

The abilities to be self-sufficient and to have a healthy support system can be great sources of strength. Nevertheless, many people continue to encounter difficulties with the way they feel, think about, and experience themselves and their circumstances. Friends and family are often well meaning but may lack the skills that a trained professional can provide. In therapy clients find a professional, supportive, and confidential environment where they can safely experience their thoughts and feelings in a way they may not be able to do with others. In addition, a licensed therapist is trained to help you understand your behaviors and relational patterns with greater depth and sophistication.