What is therapy like?
Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. It is standard for therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around fifty minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues. 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. It is important to process what has been discussed in session and to then integrate it into your life between sessions. Most importantly, for therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. Here are some things you can expect out of therapy:
- Compassion, respect and understanding
- Patience for you and where you are in the grief process
- Information about grief and the process of working through grief
- Learn the myths about grief and how to replace those with helpful facts
- The opportunity to creatively express yourself in session
- Real strategies for enacting positive change through small positive steps
- Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance
Is therapy right for me?
Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes problems such as anger, anxiety, or depression are what we first notice in ourselves or loved ones. Other times people seek therapy in response to grief and/or unexpected changes in one's life such as a death, divorce, illness, or work transition. Very often, those problems we notice are related to the larger life changes. Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. 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.
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 go 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. Coping skills and tools developed in therapy can provide long-lasting benefits to help you overcome new challenges you may face in the future.
How can therapy help me?
A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, grief, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, and stress management. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. Also, we will work at helping you identify natural support systems in your life that you can use in the future. 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:
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals, and values
- Developing skills for improving your relationships
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
- Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Improving communications and listening skills
- Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
- Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
What is Grief?
Grief is the normal and natural reaction to a significant emotional loss, and is a term that can encompass many different types of loss. Bereavement is a term used specifically to refer to the grief one feels due to a death. Since all relationships and circumstances are unique, each person's grief is unique to him or her. It is not helpful or healthy to compare one's loss with another's loss. People who experience grief can find comfort and healing when they are given the opportunity to share their feelings, their stories, and their thoughts. At New Day Counseling Center, each person is given the opportunity to be listened to, and to be treated with dignity and respect.
Common types of loss include: death, illness, divorce, a move, loss of a job, death of a pet, loss of trust (in self or others), change in job or school, etc.
Is medication a substitute for therapy?
In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what is best for you. It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.
Is therapy confidential?
In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.
However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:
- Suspected child abuse or dependant adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police.
- If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.