FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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IS THERAPY RIGHT FOR ME?
Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people choose to go to therapy. Sometimes they want to deal with long-standing psychological issues or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times it’s in response to unexpected life changes, such as a divorce or work transitions. Many seek advice as they pursue personal exploration and growth. Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges.
IS MEDICATION A SUBSTITUTE FOR THERAPY?
In some cases, a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. Working with your MD you can determine what’s best for you. It is well established that mental and emotional problems, and the pain they cause, cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of 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.
IS THERAPY CONFIDENTIAL?
The law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client. The general requirement that psychotherapists keep the information confidential does not apply when disclosure is required to protect clients, minors, or elderly person from serious and foreseeable harm and when legal requirements demand that confidential information must be revealed.
DO I REALLY NEED THERAPY?
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated many difficulties you’ve faced, there’s nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. Having enough self-awareness to realize when you need professional help, is to be admired. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools, you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome the challenges you face.
WHAT IS THERAPY LIKE?
Every therapy session is unique and caters to an individual and their specific goals. It is standard for therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around fifty minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. It is important to process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between sessions. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions.