What should I consider when making a choice?

It is important that you and your therapist work well together. You need to feel comfortable, respected, and understood. As well, you should feel that you can trust the therapist and be honest with him or her.

Who goes to therapy?

Anyone can attend therapy. Therapy can help you to identify and strengthen your positive qualities, provide support during a transition, help you understand and break negative patterns, and help you gain perspective on a situation, work through a problem or heal from emotional wounds or upsetting experiences. Therapy can also help you to better understand yourself and become more conscious of how your history, perceptions, feelings, attitudes and behavior patterns influence how you relate to others and move through the world.

When should you seek therapy?

good indicator that you might want therapy is when you’re having difficulties at work, when you are having a hard time concentrating, if you feel unhappy more days than not, if you cannot sleep, have a hard time figuring out what is important in your life, or just cannot manage the stress anymore. If you are currently questioning if you should go into therapy, that is probably the best indicator that you should. Trust your instincts.

What happens in a therapy session?

The first session begins with introductions and a discussion of confidentiality. Most everything that happens in counseling is confidential. You are protected by strict rules that prohibit discussing anything that goes on in session or even that you are coming to counseling. There are some very specific exceptions to this rule, which will be discussed in the first session as well.

What brought you in to counseling is usually the starting point, so you can start working on your problems right away. Your family history and past will probably be reviewed at this time. Depending on the therapeutic modality, you may be encouraged to look at things from a different perspective. The intention is for you to feel heard and that you are in charge of the direction the process is done collaboratively to work through your issue.

How long does therapy usually take?

The answer to this question is that it depends on your specific situation. Some people start feeling after just a few sessions, for others it takes longer. The number of sessions depends on your goals, your history, the type of problem, the quality of the client-counselor relationship, and your ability to engage in the process during session and out of the session.

The goal is to facilitate the process of meeting your therapeutic goals. Some clients schedule appointments weekly, two times a week or every other week.  The frequency of sessions depends on how often you choose to attend. A conscientious attempt is made about clients not becoming dependent on the counseling relationship, so therapy is not prolonged when you have met your goals.