How can therapy help me?
A well-trained therapist can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. Some of the benefits of therapy include:
- Having a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
- Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Managing anger, grief, depression, and other stress
- Improving communication and listening skills
- Changing negative behavior patterns and developing healthier ones
- Improving self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, seeking out extra support when you need it shows your motivation and desire to have a better life. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools needed to avoid triggers, change damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face. It's important you feel safe, comfortable, and understood by the therapist you choose.
I've never been in therapy, what's it like?
In a good therapeudic relationship you can expect to feel supported and free from judgement. By asking questions about important issues in your life, your therapist will partner with you to help identify the things which are getting in the way of your feeling good about yourself and being successful in your life. The therapist's personality, training and style should make you feel at ease, while at the same time, challenge you to make the positive changes you've identified to move forward and feel better.
Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term to address a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult behavioral patterns or your desire for more personal development.
The ultimate purpose of therapy is help incorporate the skills you learn into your everyday life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process - such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. Stepping outside of your comfort zone, being an open minded and active participant, and practicing what you learn will help you make the most of your sessions.
How will I know if it is working?
Often, other important people in your life will notice the changes in your behavior, moods, or reactions before you do. They may tell you that you look more relaxed or are less argumentative. You may notice that you are sleeping and eating better and that you feel less anxious or are concentrating better. You may also notice that you want to spend more time with friends and family, and that your schoolwork is improving. Ultimately, you'll just feel more like yourself and be motivated to identify and make the changes you want.
What about medication vs. psychotherapy?
The long-term solution to mental and emotional problems cannot be solved by medication alone. Instead of treating only the symptoms, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Partnering with your medical doctor, we can decide the best and most effective treatment for your long-term sustainable good health.
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