Therapy is a process that focuses on enhancing the psychological well-being of a client. A therapist facilitates your personal growth, development, and self understanding, and helps you to adopt constructive life practices. A therapist offers a different perspective to your problems.
Whom is it for?
Therapy can help anyone who is stressed or is having trouble coping with problems at work, in the family or in relationships. If you are suffering from one of the following conditions then therapy can help:
- Stress and burnout
- Relationship problems
- Depression and anxiety
- Communication problems and conflicts
- Grief and loss
- Sleeping difficulties and concentration issues
- Postnatal adjustment difficulties
- Undiagnosable physical complaints (IBS, migraines, etc.)
Are your relationships not satisfying? Do you want to learn more about the patterns in your personal relationships? Do you have trouble with co-workers or have trouble finding and keeping a job? Are you often distressed about something that has happened in the past and do you worry about what may happen in the future? Do you feel anxious, have sad feelings, or have problems managing anger or tears? Do you wonder if your behaviors are out of control or addictive? Do you feel the need for support but do not have helpful support available to you? If you recognize yourself in these circumstances, therapy can help you.
What to expect
The first therapy session or intake meeting focuses on understanding your concerns and clarifying your goals and expectations. By the end of the first session an agreement is reached regarding the initial length and frequency of the sessions. The total number of sessions depends very much on your personal circumstances. The therapeutic process is collaborative throughout.
Change doesn't happen quickly for most of us. The length of treatment depends on a number of variables: the severity of the problem, the motivation of the client, the type of problem and the age of the client. The more focused and limited the problem, the shorter treatment can be. The more the treatment addresses healing emotional injuries, the longer it is likely to take.
How long will it take?
The total number of sessions after the assessment depends very much on your personal circumstances. The therapeutic process is collaborative throughout. Change doesn't happen quickly for most of us. The length of treatment depends on a number of variables: the severity of the problem, and the motivation of the clients.
Myths about therapy
Myth: “Going to therapy is a sign of weakness”
It takes great courage to talk about personal problems and examine painful feelings. Therapy is the first step to resolving your difficulties.
Myth: “Therapy is for crazy people”
Therapy is for people who possess self-awareness to realize that they need help to become emotionally balanced.
Myth: “Therapy is self-indulgent”
Participating in therapy is hard work. Improvement in therapy comes through intense self-reflection. A counsellor will help you, but ultimately you do all the difficult emotional work.
Therapy can help anyone who is having trouble coping with problems at work or in their relationships.