Frequently Asked Questions
Why do people seek therapy?
People seek therapy for many reasons. Some need to respond to unexpected changes in their lives, while others seek self-exploration and personal growth. When coping skills are overwhelmed by guilt, doubt, anxiety, or despair, therapy can help. Therapy can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping for issues such as depression, anxiety, lack of confidence, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, bereavement, spiritual conflicts, stress management and creative blocks. People seeking therapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives. Knowing you are not offloading to family or friends who might not understand your situation is also a known benefit to seeking a therapist.
What can I expect in a therapy session?
During sessions you are expected to talk about the primary concerns and issues in your life. A session lasts 45-60 minutes, but some people request longer sessions. Usually weekly sessions are best. Some people who are in crisis or extreme distress need more than one session per week, at least until the crisis passes. During the time between sessions it is beneficial to think about and process what was discussed. Your therapist will guide you in what are the main focus issues that will benefit you best. At times, you may be asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records. For therapy to “work” you must be an active participant, both in and outside of the therapy sessions.
What benefits can I expect from working with a therapist?
A number of benefits are available from participating in therapy. Often it is helpful just to
know that someone understands. Therapy can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult
problem or point you in the direction of a solution. Many people find therapy to be a
tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family
concerns, and the hassles of daily life. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how
well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits
available from therapy include:
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself and your personal goals and values
- Developing skills for improving your relationships
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
- Find new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Managing anger, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Improving communications skills – learn how to listen to others, and have others listen to you
- Getting “stuck” from unhealthy patterns – breaking old behaviors and develop new ones
- Discovering new ways to solve problems
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
What if I don't know what my goals are for therapy?
If you aren’t sure what your goals are for therapy, your first task is to figure that out with your therapist. During the course of therapy your goals may change. However, establishing a direction for therapy will help you get the most out of the experience.
Is therapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and a
psychotherapist. Information is not disclosed without written permission. However, there are
number of exceptions to this rule. Exceptions include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required by law to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person/s. The therapist must notify the police and inform the intended victim.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to enlist their cooperation in insuring their safety. If they do not cooperate, further measures may be taken without their permission in order to ensure their safety.
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Mém Aree’s Specialist Centre is pleased to provide initial and ongoing mediation and consultation services through video and phone conferences.
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