Therapy is also called counseling or psychotherapy.
Therapy is a special process in which a person works with a licensed counselor/therapist/psychotherapist to resolve issues concerning relationships, negative beliefs/thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
When utilized, therapy can be proactive.
Through the safety and reliability therapy provides; destructive patterns are replaced with healthy positive coping skills.
A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy. The benefits you might obtain depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn.
Benefits of counseling include:
Increase awareness of yourself, your goals and values
Healthy positive relationships
Resolution to past/present issues or concerns
New effective ways to cope with stress, emotional pressures, and anxiety
Improved management of emotions
Learning positive communication, listening and problem-solving skills
Improvement of self-esteem and self-confidence
Mastery of positive thought patterns
Trust is a necessary aspect of the therapeutic process. Confidentiality is essential to establishing trust and building the therapist-client alliance.
Information shared during sessions is respected and treated as private. Communication between a client and a licensed therapist is confidential and, in general, may not be disclosed to anyone without your prior written consent.
Although counseling is confidential, there are certain exceptions.
These exceptions include:
* If you are threatening harm to yourself or someone else, I may disclose confidential information to the appropriate authorities.
* Suspecting a minor (under age 18) or an incapacitated adult is being or has been subjected to abuse or neglect by you or someone; the appropriate authorities will be informed.
During the first session, we will begin making a connection and getting to know each other. We will complete the necessary forms, consents, and discuss confidentiality.
An initial interview will be completed with questions about your background, strengths, and presenting concerns.
We will review your expectations and goals regarding counseling.
The length of counseling will vary depending on your specific needs or circumstance. Therapy can be short-term, to address specific issues, or longer, to address difficult behavior patterns or a desire for personal growth.
Frequency is typically weekly unless more assistance is preferred. Some clients find considerable relief, improvement, and positive change between 7 to 10 sessions.