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Common Questions
How can therapy help me?

A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy. Therapists
can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping
strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles,
unresolved childhood issues, grief, and stress management. Many people
also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal
growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and
the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a
difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you
obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into
practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available 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 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. Therapy provides long-lasting
benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid repeating
negative behaviors, triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome
whatever challenges you face.

Why do people go to therapy and how do I know if it is right for

People have many different motivations for seeking therapy. Some may be
going through a major life transition such as (unemployment, divorce, new
job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well. Some people
need some assistance managing a range of other issues such as,
depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship problems, spiritual
conflicts and creative blocks. Therapy can help provide some much needed
encouragement and help with skills to get through these periods. Others
may be at a point in their life where they are ready to learn more about
themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life. In short,
people seeking psychotherapy are ready to meet the challenges in their
lives and they are ready to make necessary changes in their lives.

What is therapy like?

Therapy will be different for each person, because each person has
different issues and goals for therapy. In general, you can expect to
discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history
relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained)
from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs,
therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with
more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development.
Either way, it is most common to schedule regular weekly sessions with
your therapist.

It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if
you actively participate in the therapeutic process. The ultimate purpose of
therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life.  
Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist
may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your
process; such as reading books, journaling on specific topics, noting
particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. People seeking
psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open
to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.