When To Consider PsychotherapyCounseling is an effective way to explore and support changes you may wish to make in your life and/or relationships. Individual and couples therapies help people gain specific skills and strategies, explore interpersonal challenges, and gain insight into negative patterns and behaviors.
If you would like help with any of the following, therapy may be right for you.
- Anxiety and Depression
- Alcohol or Drug Problems
- Communication in Relationships
- Worries, Fears or Phobias
- Past Abuse or Trauma
- Coping with Grief or Loss
- Difficulties with Motivation or Goal Setting
How does therapy work?At your initial session you will discuss your current problems and determine if your therapist can help you. It is normal to feel nervous when starting therapy, but if you do not feel like your therapist is a good match for your particular concerns it is important to find someone you can trust and feel comfortable with.
The therapist will often assign homework between sessions. You may be asked to note particular emotions or thoughts that are evoked at different times in your day, or practice a new behavior in response to a situation that has been challenging for you.
You will meet with your therapist weekly for 45-60 minutes. During your first or second session you will plan with your therapist the amount of sessions that may be helpful to you. As you progress in individual therapy you may want to include family members or your significant other in your sessions for one or several meetings.