What is therapy, and how does it work?

Therapy, also known as counseling or psychotherapy, involves talking about your feelings, thoughts, and behaviors with a trained professional. It can help you gain insight into your problems, learn new coping strategies, and improve your overall mental health. Therapy can be conducted in various settings, such as one-on-one, in groups, or even online.

What kinds of issues can therapy address?

Therapy can help address a wide range of issues, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, stress, grief, self-esteem issues, relationship difficulties, trauma, addiction, and life transitions.

How long does each therapy session last?

Typically, each therapy session lasts for about 45 to 60 minutes. However, the length can vary depending on the type of therapy and the client's specific needs.

How often should I attend therapy sessions?

The frequency of therapy sessions can vary depending on the individual's needs, the severity of the issues, and the type of therapy being used. It's common to start with weekly sessions and then adjust as needed.

How can I benefit from therapy?

Therapy can provide you with tools to manage symptoms of mental health disorders, cope with stress, improve your relationships, and make sense of your thoughts and feelings. It can help you gain a better understanding of yourself and promote personal growth and self-improvement.

Is everything I share in therapy confidential?

Yes, what you share in therapy is confidential, with a few exceptions. Therapists are required to break confidentiality if there is a risk of harm to themselves or others, in cases of child or elder abuse, or if a court orders disclosure.

How do I know if a particular type of therapy is right for me?

It's important to talk with your therapist about the treatment approach they use and how it can address your specific issues. Feel free to ask questions and express any concerns. Your therapist should be able to explain why they believe a certain type of therapy is right for you.

How do I know if therapy is working?

Therapeutic progress can look different for everyone. Generally, you should start to notice a reduction in your symptoms or an improvement in your overall well-being. You might find it easier to cope with stress, feel better about yourself, or notice improved relationships. However, keep in mind that therapy often involves confronting and working through difficult issues, so there may be times when you feel worse before you feel better.