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. 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.

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

A best friend and I may help you because we use the same healing elements.  Feeling that someone can see or feel what you feel is essential for emotional health for an adult and a child and will hopefully occur with other people too. Dr Stanley Greenspan once said: “There is no greater feeling than being understood!”  As a 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. Furthermore, psychological treatment is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.

Do you prescribe medication?

I do not prescribe medication. However, if medication is needed to assist with controlling intense feelings, inattention or more severe mental health diagnoses, I make recommendations to your child’s pediatrician or psychiatrist. Many children have additional medical issues which make it more important to work together with the medical professionals involved in her or his care. But psychotropic medication alone are often not effective in learning to live with psychological conditions like ADHD, depression or anxiety.  Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems your child and you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you overcome obstacles and accomplish goals.

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

Because each person has different issues and goals for psychotherapy, it will be different depending on the individual. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your and your child’s specific situation.

How long will it take?

Unfortunately, this is not possible to say in a general FAQs page. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them. How long psychological treatment takes depends on your desire for personal change, the complexity of issues involved, your commitment, how much you may have to focus on other aspects in your life, just to mention a few factors.

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.



5402 Holly Rd. STE 104
Corpus Christi, TX 78411

drgraf@therapysecure.com
(361) 992-7780

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