Frequently Asked Questions
Is therapy right for me?
There are many reasons people decide to seek out therapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, tools and techniques, and coping strategies for issues such as anger management, anxiety, addiction, relationship issues, unresolved childhood issues, and stress management.
Many people 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 help guide you in the direction of a solution.
The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how 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, your goals and values
Developing skills for improving your relationships
Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
Managing anger, anxiety, depression, and other emotional pressures
Improving communication and listening skills
Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family, your relationships or with a partner
Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
It is essential to keep in mind that therapy is not a magic pill or a quick fix: therapy is a healing process that necessitates participation and investment. But in the end, making small changes to self-defeating behavior and coping with feelings of sadness, fear, and pain can bring life-altering results.
What Is Addiction?
Addiction is a condition that results when a person ingests a substance (e.g., alcohol, cocaine, nicotine) or engages in an activity (e.g., gambling, sex, shopping) that can be pleasurable but the continued use/act of which becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary life responsibilities, such as work, relationships, or health. The person may not be aware that their behavior is out of control and causing problems for themselves and others.
What to Expect at the First Appointment
During your first meeting with your counselor, she will be gathering information about you - your history, both individually and your family history, in order for you both to decide on the best treatment goals. The session will usually last 50 - 60 minutes. This is also a good time to ask any questions you may have about the therapy process or about the counselor.