Q: Since I work all day, it would be hard to get to a session during regular business hours. Are there sessions for nights or on weekends?
A: Often center offer night or weekend appointments. Just contact the center for an appointment, which may be set up for a time that is convenient for you and the center.
Q: How can just talking make problems disappear?
A: When you are talking to someone who has professional training and has hlped may others with problems similar to yours, that person is able to see the patterns in your life that have led to your unhappiness. In therapy, the job is to help you recognize those patterns and you may try to change them. There may be times, however, when you may or may not need a combination of talk therapy and medication.
Q: If I decide to seek out mental health treatment, what kind of treatment will I get?
A: There are many kinds of treatment. A professional at the center will work with you in determining the best form of therapy for your wants and needs. Depending on the nature of the illness being treated, psychotherapy and/or treatment with medication may be recommended. Sometimes, joining a group of people who have similar problems is best; at other times, talking individually to a therapist is the answer.
Q: I have tried therapy before and it didn’t work, why should I try it again.
A: Sometimes the chemistry between the therapist and the client or the therapeutic model, just isn’t a good fit. Just as you may have to change a medication, you may have to change therapist to achieve success. Therapy only works when you are open to it and willing to participate.
Q: What is the difference between life coaching and therapy?
A:Life coaching is a way to connect with an individual who can help you:
- Explore, enhance and expand your life.
- Set and reach your goals.
- Start crossing things off your list.
- Have fun in the process.
- Life coaches motivate and support you toward your goals.
- Therapy (Psychotherapy) is a general term that is used to describe the process of treating psychological disorders and mental distress. During this process, a trained psychotherapist helps the client tackle a specific or general problem such as a particular or a source of life stress. Depending on the approach used by the therapist, a wide range of techniques mental illness and strategies can be used. However, almost all types of psychotherapy involve developing a therapeutic relationship, communicating and creating a dialogue and working to overcome problematic thoughts or behaviors.
Q: If I see a therapist am I going to get a prescription for medication?
A: Your therapist can make a referral for a medication evaluation. Therapy does not automatically mean you will need medication. In fact, many forms of psychological distress can be treated successfully with therapy alone.
Q: Will my therapist be a doctor?
A: No. Your therapist will be a trained clinician who is licensed to practice therapy in the state you are receiving services.
Q: How long will therapy last?
A: Every individual is different. For some people a few sessions of therapy (8-12) may be appropriate. For others whether it be because of intensity of need or changing goals therapy can go on for much longer. Your therapist is trained to address length of therapy with each client on an individual basis.
Q: What if I don't like my therapist?
A: Although it may feel uncomfortable, if you feel the relationship between you and your therapist is not a good fit the first step is to mention it to your therapist. If you cannot work the out the differences feel free to request a new therapist.