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. People also find that counselors can be a fantastic 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.
Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
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. 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 triggers, change damaging patterns, and overcome whatever you face.
People have many different reasons for coming to psychotherapy. Some may be going through a major life transition i.e., unemployment, divorce, or new job, or are not handling stressful situations well. Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, and relationship problems. Therapy can help provide some much-needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods. Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals. In short, people seeking psychotherapy are ready to meet the tough challenges in their lives and ready to make the necessary changes in their lives.
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be one-of-a-kind depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the events happening in your life, your personal history, and report progress 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 improvement. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).
It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate goal of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in your 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 i.e., such as reading a pertinent book, 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 where they are now.
It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and behavioral problems including the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy gets to the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve lasting growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Working with your psychiatrist you can determine what's best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.
To determine if you have mental health coverage through your insurance carrier, the first thing you should do is call them. Check your coverage carefully and make sure you understand their answers. Some helpful questions you can ask them:
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist's office. Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. This is called “Informed Consent”.
However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations: