therapy right for me?
Seeking out therapy is an individual choice.
There are many reasons why people come to
therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with
long-standing psychological issues, or problems
with anxiety or depression. Other times it is in
response to unexpected changes in one's life such
as a divorce or work transition. Therapy can help
address many types of issues including
depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress
management, body-image issues, and general life
Do I really need therapy?
Everyone goes through challenging situations in
life, and while you may have successfully
navigated through other difficulties you've
faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out
extra support when you need it. 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.
How can therapy help me?
A number of benefits are available from
participating in psychotherapy. 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. Therapists can provide a fresh
perspective on a difficult problem or point you
in the direction of a solution. Some of the
benefits available from therapy include:
- Attaining a
better understanding of yourself, your
goals and values
skills for improving your relationships
resolution to the issues or concerns that
led you to seek therapy
- Learning new
ways to cope with stress and anxiety
anger, grief, depression, and other
communications and listening skills
- Changing old
behavior patterns and developing new ones
new ways to solve problems in your family
your self-esteem and boosting
What is therapy like?
Every therapy session is unique and caters to
each 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. Here are some
things you can expect out of therapy:
respect and understanding
to illuminate persistent patterns and
strategies for enacting positive change
- Effective and
proven techniques along with practical
Is therapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality
of all communications between a client and
psychotherapist. No information is disclosed
without prior written permission from the client.
However, there are some exceptions
required by law. Exceptions include:
Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder
The therapist is required to report this to the
appropriate authorities immediately.
If a client is
threatening serious bodily harm to another
The therapist is required to notify the police.
If a client
intends to harm himself or herself.
The therapist will make every effort to work with
the individual to ensure their safety. However,
if an individual does not cooperate, additional
measures may need to be taken.