Why do people seek therapy?
People come into therapy for many reasons. Some are dealing with the impact of an unexpected change in their lives, while others seek therapy for self-exploration and personal growth. When coping skills are overwhelmed by feelings of guilt, self-doubt, anger, anxiety, or despair, therapy can help. Therapy can provide a safe, supportive environment. Through therapy clients develop new, more adaptive problem-solving skills, and learn more effective coping tools for issues such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, bereavement, spiritual conflicts, stress management, body image issues, and creative blocks. Seeking therapy does NOT mean you are crazy or have a mental illness. Some people have this misconception about therapy. Therapy can benefit just about anybody. By seeking therapy, you are seeking to improve your life and you should feel very good about taking that first step towards healing.
What can I expect in a therapy session?
During sessions you will talk about the primary concerns and issues in your life. Usually weekly sessions are best. Some people who are in crisis or extreme distress may need more than one session per week, at least until the crisis passes. During the time between sessions it is beneficial to think about and process what was discussed during the session. At times, you may be asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book, journaling or other "assignments". Therapy is most effective when clients have a very open and proactive attitude toward the process.
What benefits can I expect from working with a therapist?
A number of benefits come from participating in psychotherapy. Often it is helpful just to know that someone understands. Therapy can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. Many people find therapy to be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, and the hassles of daily life. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself and your personal goals and values
- Developing skills for improving your relationships
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
- Find new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Managing anger, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Improving communications skills - learn how to listen to others, and have others listen to you
- Getting "unstuck" from unhealthy patterns - breaking old behaviors and develop new ones
- Discovering new ways to solve problems
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence