Why Therapy? Can't I do this alone?
Therapy provides opportunities for clients to receive support in every aspect of his/her life. Whether the client is searching for answers, seeking to change behaviors and thought-processes, ready to reach goals, or need a place
to lighten the emotional load, therapy will serve as his or her supportive guide through the entire process.
A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved
childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns,
marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. 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, your goals and values
Developing skills for improving your relationships
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 emotional pressures
Improving communications and listening skills
Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
People have many different motivations for coming to psychotherapy. Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well. Some people need
assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks. Therapy can help provide some much needed encouragement
and help with skills to get them through these periods. Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life. In short, people seeking
psychotherapy are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes in their lives.
How Does It Work?
The therapist and client will determine what is necessary, specific to the presenting issue that will ensure success in the therapeutic process. Throughout the process, the strategies and treatments will be evaluated and
adjusted as presenting issues are addressed and goals are accomplished .
What Are The Expectations?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history
relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more
difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).
Therapy works when ALL parties make the commitment to the therapeutic process. That is, the therapist and the client(s) will be responsible for developing and completing tasks established during each session. Honesty with self and
one another will be required and expected from the therapist and client. It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process.
The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your 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. People seeking psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are
open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.
What About Medication vs. Psychotherapy?
It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, 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. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what's best for you, and in some cases a combination of
medication and therapy is the right course of action.
Does What We Talk About In Therapy Remain Confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the
therapist's office. Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed
Consent”. Sometimes, however, you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney), but by law your therapist cannot release this
information without obtaining your written permission.
However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law
enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources; and, if the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person.