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Therapy 101

If you have never been to a therapist and you're not sure if therapy is right for you, this section intends to paint a picture of what your therapy experience might look like and how it can permanently benefit you. Forget what you've seen in movies or on television.

If you still have questions after reading this, feel free to contact me. 

 
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Potential benefits of therapy

  • Attain a better understanding of yourself, your goals, values and purpose
  • Develop skills for improving your relationships
  • Find resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
  • Learn new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Manage anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
  • Improve communication and listening skills
  • Change old behavior patterns and develop new ones
  • Discover new ways to solve problems
  • Improve your self-esteem and boost self-confidence
  • Better heart health with treatment of clinical depression
  • More restful sleep
  • Diminish or eliminate physical symptoms (headaches, stomach aches, ulcers, exhaustion, etc.)
  • Positive results that persist over the long haul
  • Learn to process events and emotion instead of letting them pile up and turn into a breakdown later on in life
  • Have a new perspective and understanding of others
  • Know you're not alone
  • Rewire your brain
  • Get rid of the need to "self-medicate"
  • Teach your children a better way to live
  • Have a dedicated time/space to focus on yourself and organize your thoughts
  • Get a reality check from an objective and knowledgable third party

Therapeutic Work

Participating in therapy can bring up traumatic memories that were being repressed, feelings that you have consciously or subconsciously distracted yourself from to avoid the pain, truths or realizations that may not be what you envisioned as the solution, and other difficult topics and emotions. This is common and part of the work required to address underlying issues and prepare ourselves for long-term success. I am here to support you through this process. Some people may leave therapy feeling immediately relieved and refreshed while others may experience a kind of "therapy hangover" where processing new or difficult emotions is exhausting and the person is processing those emotions long after the session has ended. This can also vary depending on what was explored during the session. Everyone's therapeutic process is different and there is no wrong way to participate in therapy. This is your unique journey. Therapy may also include "homework" to work on outside of sessions to further practice new coping skills, track mood, provide an outlet in between sessions, and continue the therapeutic process throughout your daily life.


Commitment

The therapeutic process is most effective when on a consistent weekly schedule. This allows us to build rapport quickly and work on your goals. This also provides at least one hour set aside each week for you to focus on self-care and healing. It is expected that clients will participate in weekly sessions occurring on the same day and at the same time each week to provide consistent counseling support. 

The length of time in therapy can range from a few months (brief intervention) to years. Our lives are constantly changing and shifting. We can face many challenges, traumatic experiences, and stressors and therapy can help build the skills needed to thrive.   


Right to Choose

As the client, you have the right to choose the therapist that best fits your needs and objectives. If at any time during our therapeutic relationship, you feel that working with a different therapist would be in your best interest, I will fully support your decision. There are some amazing providers working with Mindful Therapy Group and I am happy to help you find a better match. Similarly, if there is a situation or diagnosis that I am not skilled in, I will be transparent about my limitations and may discuss with you transitioning to another provider so that you get the full benefits from therapy. Our intake team does a fantastic job at matching up a client's initial needs with a provider's skills and expertise but it is important to know that you have options if you feel it is not a good match.