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Common Questions Usually asked about Therapy


How can therapy help me?

A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy. Therapist can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationhip troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress managment and many other troubling situations that occure within a persons life.

Many people find that therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a diffcult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits that you obtain from therapeutic services is dependent on how well you use the process and put to practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include, but are not limited to:

  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, yourgoals and values
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Finding resolution to 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
  • Imprving your 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 navigted through other diffculties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.


What is therapy like?

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 you, and report progress (or any insights gained) from the previous therapy sessions. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more diffcult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is more common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).

It is important to understand that you will obtain 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 psychotherrapy 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 long-term solutions 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 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.

(Information provided by www.tamikamorris.com)