1. Why should I go to therapy?
There are many reasons people seek out therapy, grief, anxiety, depression, trauma, addiction, and relationship problems are among the most common. Some reasons why you should consider speaking with a therapist: Discover new coping strategies, finding why “is this happening to me”, realize alternative perspectives, and self-care. Just as you take care of your physical health, it’s equally important to take care of your mental health. Prioritizing mental health promotes healthy self-care practices
Friends and family can be great sources of support. However, in some cases, they can be quick to give advice and often dive right into “fix-it mode.” Their advice is based on your behavior (output), not on the underlying reason.
2. What is important for successful therapy?
Self-motivation is the most important indicator to reach the targets/goals.
3. Should I feel ashamed seeking for professional help?
No, not at all. Most of the people are in need of professional help at a certain time in their life.
4. How long will it take for treatment to Work?
The length of treatment for psychological problems will necessarily vary from one individual to another. Essentially, the treatment (type and duration) should always be matched appropriately to the nature and severity of the person’s presenting difficulties. Acute difficulties usually require fewer treatment sessions than do chronic conditions.
– Recent research indicates that on average 15 to 20 sessions are required for 50 percent of patients to recover as indicated by self-reported symptom measures.
– Clinical research evidence suggests that people with co-occurring conditions or certain personality difficulties may require longer treatment (12-18 months) for therapy to be effective.
5. Is it weird to talk to a stranger?
Our therapists are skilled at making you feel comfortable quickly and do not want to come across as judgmental strangers. Therapy is a relationship that is both professional and personal, and the alliance you form with your psychologist is an important factor in the treatment, all of which is to say, it won’t take much time for your therapist to no longer feel like a stranger.
6. Is therapy always effective?
Unfortunately not. There are always people that don’t benefit from therapy. Here is a clear example of Anorexia Nervosa (a common disorder). Without treatment, up to 20% of people with serious eating disorders die. With treatment, the mortality rate falls to 2-3%. This means that the treatment for Anorexia Nervosa is beneficial for 80-90% of the people.
7. Should I tell everything to my therapist?
Yes: Tell them everything because they can get a better idea of who you are. No detail is too small (sort of) because things that bother you (small or not) are important. The more you tell your therapist, the more they have to work within terms of working through your issues with you. The therapist will never share any information about you with somebody else.
8. What should I bring to the meetings with the therapist?
You don’t have to bring anything. Just make sure that you are on time.
9. What should I do if I don’t like my therapist?
We offer a free intake/screening session. It is the perfect time to see if you feel confident and happy with your therapist. You are always free to stop the therapy or to ask for another therapist.
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