How can therapy help me?
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. Self-exploration can lead to personal growth, improved relationships, and can help you manage the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. Some of the benefits 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
Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.
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 extra support when you need it. Therapy is for people who have the self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and can help you avoid triggers, change damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.
Why do people go to therapy and how do I know if it is right for me?
Some people may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well. Others need assistance managing feelings such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, childhood issues and creative blocks. Therapy can help with these issues and manage through difficult periods. Learning more about yourself can help you become more effective in attaining life goals.
Is everything I say confidential?
Therapy is based on a high degree of trust as we often talk about private, sensitive subjects, so confidentiality is one of the most important components of the relationship between a client and psychotherapist. You can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. By law, your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission. There are some exceptions to confidentiality, such as abuse of children or elders, or if clients are in danger of harming themselves or others. But these will all be explained in a written form when you begin therapy.