Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.
The easiest answer is that you’ll feel a lot better about yourself, your family, your life. Also emotional, mental, and psychological stress takes years from your life and body. Stress kills. 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.
How can Therapy Help me?
Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous 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.
What is therapy like?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) 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 development. 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 purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in 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 - 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 their lives.
How Long Will It Take Me to See Changes and Feel Better?
There’s no rule about this but with the innovative brain-based therapies we use like EMDR, Neurofeedback and other interventions, you will probably feel a difference by the end of the first session. Most of our clients need about five sessions to achieve
some level of a feeling of balance and control over themselves and their lives.
This is not your drawn-out therapy style. Our MindBody Therapies find, target, and neutralize stress, trauma, and personal upheavals.
What Can I expect to Happen in a Counseling Session?
With EMDR and the other modalities you can expect NOT TO BE shocked or to go through traumatic meltdowns during the session. EMDR neutralizes the negative and replaces it with the positive. You will feel like the black cloud you’ve been under has passed and the sun is beginning to bathe you in its warmth and light.
What about medication vs. psychotherapy?
It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what's best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.