An initial contact with a provider may seem somewhat overwhelming, especially for people who have never had such contact. It is important to remember that this session is both an opportunity for the provider to gain needed information about the client's concerns and history, and for the client to take the opportunity to determine whether he or she feels comfortable in working with that particular provider.
What is therapy like?
Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. It is standard for providers to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around 45-50 minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. It is important to process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between sessions. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. Individuals seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives. Here are some things you can expect out of therapy:
Is therapy right for me?
Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, or problems such as anxiety, depression, or behavioral issues in the home. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one's life such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek the advice of counsel as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a provider can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy can help address many types of issues for children, adolescents, and adults.