Therapy can help you understand and reframe your problems and concerns. It can teach you specific skills to help you find more satisfaction from your work and your relationships. A therapist’s office is where you are free to express private thoughts and struggles. Friends and family members can provide excellent emotional support, but a therapist can give you a trained, and more impartial perspective on your life. A therapist can help provide support, insight, and a new strategy for life’s challenges. Therapy is right for anyone interested in improving life by creating greater self-awareness and making active life changes.
Does therapy always work?
Psychotherapy usually helps – sometimes a great deal and sometimes not as much. When you are talking to someone who has professional training and has helped many others with problems similar to yours, that person is able to see the patterns in your life that have led you to where you are now. In therapy, the work is to help you recognize these patterns and help you find ways to change the ones you want to change.
How long will I be in therapy?
Because each of us is unique, there is no single answer to this question. The length of therapy depends on factors such as the types of concerns you have, the complexity of your situation, and what you are hoping to accomplish. Sometimes brief interventions are very helpful. In other cases, months and years of work are invested in an in-depth exploration of your personal history and in support for change. The choice is always yours and can be discussed with your therapist.
The key to successful therapy is a connected, trusting relationship between client and therapist. It is important for you to feel that your therapist is listening well and is responsive to what you share and the concerns you raise. Sometimes it is helpful to see a therapist for several sessions before making a final decision. If you have questions, ask your therapist even if it feels a little uncomfortable to do so. Once you have confirmed that your therapist is qualified and experienced, your feelings are a good guide. Pay attention to your instincts. A competent therapist will assist you in clarifying your thoughts and feelings and provide you with helpful tools and feedback, but you will always make your own choices.
How do I choose the right therapist?