Is 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. Sometimes people tend to seek counseling when they are facing conflicts or adversity that pose a challenge to their current expectations and coping strategies. What may have been meaningful and effective at one time, may no longer serve the same purpose. Feelings of depression, anxiety, grief, significant “stress” or a general sense of unfulfillment are quite common when this occurs. Such times could be unexpected changes in one's life such as a divorce or work transition. Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.
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 out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy.
How can therapy help me?
A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy.
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself and your aspirations.
- 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
- Actualizing your goals/ working through creative blocks
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
My aim is to assist people to go beyond alleviating distressing symptoms or negative patterns by working with each person to lead a meaningful and fulfilling life. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn.
What is therapy like?
Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. Regardless, the decision is yours. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. It is important to process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between sessions. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. Here are some things you can expect out of therapy:
- Compassion, respect and understanding
- Perspectives to illuminate persistent patterns
- Real strategies for enacting positive change
- Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance