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An ongoing series of informational entries

I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Aren’t people who go to therapy weak?

March 15, 2020

Not at all. People who ask for help know when they need it and have the ability to reach out. Everyone needs help now and then. You already have some strengths that you’ve used before, that for whatever reason isn’t working right now. Perhaps this problem feels overwhelming and is making it difficult to access your past strengths. In our work together, we will help you identify what those strengths are and how to implement them again in what is happening now.

Why shouldn’t I just take medication?

February 14, 2020

Medication alone cannot solve all issues. What medication does is treat the symptoms. Our work together is designed to explore the root of the issue, dig deep into your behavior and teach strategies that can help you accomplish your personal and/or relational goals. Medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy.

How do I know when to seek mental health treatment for a loved one or myself?

January 15, 2020

Each mental health condition has its own set of signs and symptoms. In general, however, professional help may be warranted if you or a loved one experiences:

Marked change in personality, eating or sleeping patterns

Inability to cope with problems or daily activities

Excessive worry or anxiety

Feeling profound sadness or experiencing in loss of interest or enjoyment

Disruptive anger

Thinking or talking about suicide

Please explore the service tab on this site or contact us at 202.476.0022 or [email protected] to determine if you should enlist help at this time.

What if I am feeling suicidal, or worried that my loved one is thinking about committing suicide?

February 14, 2020

Suicide is a true medical emergency. Please seek immediate assistance. Call 911, go to your nearest emergency room or contact the National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-800-273-8255. You can use the Crisis Text Line by texting “Go” to 74174

Will the information I share in therapy be kept private?

March 15, 2019

At Good Life we have the highest regard for the safety and security of our clients’ information. We comply with state and federal rules and regulations regarding patient confidentiality.