Most everyone could benefit from talking to an impartial trained counselor when facing stress in their life.
Counseling”, “Psychotherapy”, and “therapy”, are words for the same process of using proven methods to assist people in changing how they think, feel and behave. Legitimate therapy is practiced by professionals licensed (or license eligible under supervision) by the state in the areas of Clinical Social Work, Professional Counseling, Psychology, or Psychiatry.
Most people benefit from therapy provided by trained and licensed professionals. At the same time, therapy is not guaranteed to result in a successful outcome. The greatest risk of counseling is that it may not, by itself, resolve your problem or concern. Unexpected emotional strain, stress, and life changes may happen during therapy. Other people in your life may not respond how you might like them to to changes you make during therapy.
You can get the most out of therapy by communicating honestly with your therapist and doing homework between therapy sessions. The most beneficial moments in therapy are often those hard times where you say or feel something uncomfortable. Your therapist can help you through these times, even if the topic concerns your doubts about therapy or the therapist. Learning to move through these times is some of the important work of therapy.
At times, you will be asked to do some type of homework by your therapist. It is crucial to understand the homework and to make the effort to do it. Research shows that the best results in therapy happen when the person completes homework assignments. If you have problems with the homework, contact your therapist. Successful therapy depends on your working in between sessions.
Therapy usually starts with once a week 50 minute appointments. This frequency helps build the momentum for change. It is important to keep your appointments especially if you feel like skipping because the work is uncomfortable or you think you are getting better. Talk about your concerns with your therapist if you are feeling negative and some adjustments can be made. Again, these sessions can promote much growth and progress.
Feeling better from therapy is great but may not indicate that your work is done. You may need to discuss how to keep from relapsing and what strategies you should use if you start to feel worse.