“Stop wasting precious energy on what you do not want. Focus that energy on creating the life you do want. This is not only a gift to offer yourself but to all those in your orbit. By your rising above you lift others higher with your positive attitude and inspiring example.”
Why Do People Seek Therapy?
People come into therapy for a multitude of reasons. Some people need to respond to unexpected changes in their lives, like a job loss, the end of a relationship, or the death of a loved one, while others seek self-exploration and personal growth. When your ability to cope is overwhelmed by guilt, doubt, anxiety, or despair, therapy can help.
Therapy offers calm, non-judgmental support, enhancing self-reflection and improving problem-solving and communication skills. Therapy can also provide coping strategies for depression, self-doubt, relationship difficulties, unresolved childhood issues, bereavement, stress management, and creative blocks.
People seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions. This involves working towards self-change and being open to greater awareness in their lives. Taking the risk to know, to understand…and then, to act.
What Can I expect in a Therapy Session?
Therapy requires talking about the primary concerns and issues in your life, telling your story. Therapy sessions usually last for 60 minutes. Weekly sessions are encouraged. However, there are times when a longer session is appropriate. Sometimes, too, people find themselves in a crisis situation or are greatly distressed, and have a need for more than one session per week until the crisis diminishes.
The time between sessions is utilized in vivo; allowing you to integrate and process what was discussed during your therapy session. At times, there may be actions for you to take, including reading chapters in a specific book or keeping a journal or behavior record. Successful, effective therapy demands that you be an active participant, both inside the therapy session and in your outside world.
What benefits can I expect from working with a Psychotherapist?
There are many benefits of participating in psychotherapy. Often, just knowing that someone understands and will listen to your story is the most helpful. Therapy opens the possibility of other perspectives on a difficult situation, or suggests a new direction that points to a solution. Personal growth, interpersonal relationships, your relationship with yourself, family concerns, and dealing with the fast-paced, eclectic world we live in today—these are often areas where psychotherapy can be effective.
Is Psychotherapy Confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between clients and their psychotherapist. Information is not disclosed without written permission. Below are the exceptions to confidentiality:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to someone else. The therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim(s).
- If a client intends to harm him- or herself. The therapist will make every effort to enlist cooperation in ensuring the client’s safety. If the client does not cooperate, further measures may be taken to ensure his or her safety without that person’s permission.