Questions & Answers
What can therapy do for me?
There are a variety of benefits that can come from therapy, and they tend to be individualized. Therapists are there to provide levels of support, teach certain skills, and help patients discover new coping strategies for things like anxiety, depression, stress, or even creative blocks. You don’t need to have some kind of ‘major disorder’ to find usefulness from a therapist. In fact, if you’re simply looking for personal growth in any aspect of your life, you can typically find the skills and resources through therapy to help with family problems, marital issues, and more. Essentially, a therapist offers a different way of looking at things – perhaps a perspective you haven’t yet considered, which makes it easier to point you in the right direction, and find the solutions you’re looking for in life.
Of course, therapists can’t just ‘fix’ everything on their own. It’s about using those resources you learn in your everyday life that can really turn things around. Still unsure about what therapy could do for you? Let’s take a look a few examples of some common benefits:
– Grasping a deeper understanding of who you are
– Identifying your goals and dreams
– Obtaining the right skills for bettering your life’s relationships
– Learning resources to put an end to the issues that brought you to therapy
– Managing problem areas in your personal life, like anger, stress, depression, etc.
– Creating new patterns of behavior for yourself
– Changing your problem-solving perspective
– Boosting your self-esteem and confidence
If I feel as though I can handle my issues on my own, is therapy really necessary?
There isn’t a person alive who doesn’t experiences challenges of some kind throughout their life. Some people can simply get through them better than others, and even then, it’s never a bad idea to have additional support and understanding when it comes to the obstacles you’ve gone through. In all actuality, therapy is ideal for people who understand themselves enough to realize they actually could use some help in navigating challenges and obstacles. We are social beings and living this life requires connection and assistance from others. Noticing that your life isn’t necessarily where you want it to be is a big realization and admittance, and taking the steps to change that for the better is something to be incredibly proud of. You’re taking the first step down an incredible path that can lead to long-lasting benefits for the rest of your life, even when challenges come up again.
What makes people go to therapy in the first place? How do I know if it’s the right decision?
While everyone’s reasons for coming to therapy are different, whether they’re going through a big life change, or a specific event like divorce, or just aren’t dealing with stressful situations ideally. Sometimes, the assistance of therapy can not only help with specific situations, but personal issues as well. Depression, anxiety, relationship issues, work issues and even low-self esteem are often common reasons to seek out help. You may start out looking for one thing, and find on your journey that you can gain so much more through learning the right skills, and having the right kind of encouragement.
In terms of making the ‘right decision’ for yourself, of course therapy is a personal decision, but if you take a look at your life, and your desire is to make a change that starts from within, it’s likely that some form of psychotherapy could be a great benefit. Also, every aspect of life is impacted by mental health. Relationships, physical health, trauma, social life, work, finances, children, etc. all reflect in our mental stability. Therapy is about creating a lifestyle change that allows you balance every area of your life.
What can I expect from therapy?
Therapy is a journey based on each individuals’ experiences, therefore, no two therapeutic experiences will be the same. It is a collaborative process that will require you to be an active participant in completing exercises throughout the journey. This allows you to apply your therapy to real-world situations and receive feedback for making lasting change. It’s a practice in everyday living, in which you take what you learn from the session and apply it to your life. We will explore your life, past and present, as well as how to make improvements as you plan for your future. The frequency of therapy can vary based on your needs. Some individuals pursue therapy on a weekly basis and others attend therapy biweekly. To get the most from this journey, therapy works best by starting with weekly sessions and gradually decreasing the frequency, based on your progress and needs.
Do the topics in each therapy session remain private?
Confidentiality is of utmost importance in therapy. It takes courage and vulnerability to pursue therapy and grow a trusting therapeutic relationship. The last thing you want to concern yourself with is whether or not your private information will be honored. You will be provided an informed consent form that details how your private information will be protected. There are only a few exceptions to a breach of confidentiality:
1. suspected abuse of any kind (including child protection)
2. if the therapist has any reason to believe their client may hurt themselves
3. if the therapist has any reason to believe their client may hurt someone else