Is therapy right for me?
Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one's life such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek the advice of a therapist as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image issues, and general life transitions. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.
What can I expect in a therapy session?
Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. During therapy sessions it is standard to talk about the primary issues and concerns in your life. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions which are 45 minutes, though, the initial session is one hour. Sometimes individuals who are going through a particularly difficult challenge may request more time per session or more than one session per week. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. Between sessions it is important process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions.
What benefits can I expect from working with a therapist?
Therapy can provide insight and new perspectives into life's challenges and can help create solutions to difficult problems. Many people find that working with a therapist can enhance personal development, improve relationships and family dynamics, and can ease the challenges of daily life. Sometimes, just having someone there to listen is helpful. Overall, people in therapy tend to have lower levels of anxiety and stress, decreased conflict, and improved quality of life.
Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
- Developing new skills for handling stress and anxiety
- Modifying unhealthy behavior and long-standing patterns
- Attaining insight into personal patterns and behavior
- Increasing confidence, peace, vitality, and well-being
- Improving ways to manage anger, depression and moods
- Discovering new ways to solve problems
- Navigating life’s obstacles more effectively
- Improving listening and communication skills
- Enhancing the overall quality of life
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 dependant 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.
Sex therapy is a unique and specialized form of professional counseling designed to help women and men address their concerns about sexuality, sexual function, and sexual expression. While other issues may arise during therapy, these may include problems with:
• Desire or frequency discrepancies
• Arousal or inability to reach orgasm
• Sexual anxieties and inhibitions
• Painful intercourse
• Sexual identity or orientation issues
• Premature ejaculation (rapid ejaculation)
• Erection problems
• Medical problems affecting sex
• Unusual sexual desires or behaviors
• Issues related to sexual expression or function
Listening, and education. A trained therapist works with the client in a private and confidential setting to clarify their particular issues. During therapy, the therapist provides education about pertinent sexual issues, including anatomy, physical response, and healthy sexual behavior.
Therapy will never involve any form of sexual or other inappropriate physical contact between therapist and client, nor will the performance of any sexual activity be part of any therapy session
How does Hypnosis in Psychotherapy work?
Hypnosis is a powerful and safe way to bring self-defeating patterns and urges held in the unconscious mind to awareness, creating the possibility of behavioral change.
Traditional behavioral and expressive psychotherapy coupled with hypnosis aids in expressing and extinguishing unwanted urges, feelings, and behavior.
Hypnosis is used to create permanent behavior change through trauma resolution. Re-visiting early self-defeating decisions allows the rewriting of life scripts to include healthy patterns of behavior. Such healing opens up the possibilities for intimate supportive relationships to occur.
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