How can therapy help me?
There are many benefits gained by participating in therapy. Therapists can provide support and help you find relief for issues such as trauma, depression, anxiety, grief, stress, and relationship problems. Counseling is extremely valuable in promoting personal growth, and managing the many challenges faced in daily life. Therapists can provide different perspectives on complicated problems or even guide you to a solution.
What happens during therapy?
The course of therapy will depend on your needs and goals for therapy, and your openness to feedback and your motivation to make changes. Typically speaking, we will discuss the things that are currently happening in your life, things that happened in the past that are relevant to your issue, and review progress toward your goals. Ultimately, you will want to bring what you have discovered or learned during therapy back into your daily life.
Medication vs. Therapy
Medication alone cannot solve mental and emotional problems, but sometimes it can help along with therapy and lifestyle changes. Therapy will help you address the source of your distress, recognize behavior patterns, and help you improve your lifestyle in terms of exercise, sleep, and nutrition. The goal is to make informed choices to improve the quality of your life. Finding the right balance of factors will help minimize stress and improve well-being.
Will our conversations remain confidential?
Confidentiality is a key component of therapy. What you discuss in a session will not be shared with anyone else. By law, your therapist can’t release this information without your written consent, except in the following situations:
- The therapist suspects there is past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults or elders.
- The therapist suspects the client is in danger of harming themselves or has threated to harm another person.
More details will be provided in your Informed Consent Booklet at your first appointment.