Is therapy for me?
Therapy has a number of benefits: support, problem-solving skills, and coping strategies for issues for depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Your counselor can collaborate with you to manage your personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the struggles in daily life. Your therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
- Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
- Expressing yourself without judgement
- Assist in identifying underlying issues, reconnecting with hopes, dreams and goals.
- Learning new ways to cope with anxiety and stress
- Managing emotional pressures, grief, depression, and anger
- Improving communications and listening skills
- Learn a new and different perspective to current problematic issues
- Discovering new ways to solve problems
- Improve your self-esteem and boost self-confidence
- Identify problematic relationships and help you make changes
Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced, there’s nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you’re at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.
What is therapy like?
Therapy is different with each client depending on the client needs and issues. Goals are developed in therapy and the therapist works collaboratively with you to help you reach your personal goals. Honesty is important in therapy and sharing honestly what is happening in your life will help the therapist better help you reach your goals. You can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).
To get results from therapy, you as the client need to actively participate in the therapeutic process. It is helpful if the client works to incorporate new coping skills or interventions introduced by the therapist. Together you can determine which ones are helpful and necessary to work toward change. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. People seeking therapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives ann working to meet their goals in therapy.
Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
Confidentiality is extremely important between a client and therapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust between therapist and client. Every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement, and you can expect that what you discuss in session will not be shared with anyone. If and only if, you may want your therapist to share information or provide an update to someone on your healthcare team, the client will need to sign a release of information form. By law, your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.
However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to be “mandated reporters” maintaining confidentiality except for the following situations:
- Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
- If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person.
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