What is psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is also known as talk therapy, counseling or simply therapy, it’s a general term for treating mental health issues by talking with a psychologist. There are many different styles of therapy, but a psychologist will choose the type that best addresses your particular needs. Dealing with your problems with the help of a psychologist can help you learn how to challenge negative thinking and how to focus on more productive patterns of behavior.
How do I know if I need psychotherapy?
Being in therapy is an opportunity to look at your life, and to learn new ways of relating to yourself, to others, and to your circumstances. It’s an opportunity to not be alone with your pain and to have someone who is skilled, supporting and guiding you on your journey towards recovery.
Each one of us will face difficulties in our lives; the challenge is how we adapt to change. If certain issues have been causing problems in your life and you aren’t sure how to make the necessary changes, therapy can help.
What’s the difference between talking to a therapist versus my best friend or family?
At Wise Mind Center you’ll have the opportunity to freely talk about yourself and work through problems without worrying about people expressing their own opinions, criticisms and biases. A therapist is trained to help you approach your situation in a new way by teaching you how to gain a different perspective, learn new skills, change behaviors, and listen to you without judgement or expectations. What is said in therapy is also private and confidential which will help you discuss topics that you might find too embarrassing or difficult to share with friends or family.
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
Medication alone can’t solve all your problems. What medication does is treat the symptoms.
Psychotherapy on the other-hand is designed to help you explore the root of issues, help you understand yourself, teach you skills to manage your emotions, and guide you into building more meaningful relationships. The skills you learn in treatment will also reduce the likelihood of a future relapse.
For some, medication can be effective and is sometimes needed in conjunction with therapy.
How often should I go to therapy?
The number of sessions depends on your particular issues, severity of symptoms, how long you’ve been dealing with the situation and how motivated you are to change.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
Your active participation and dedication is crucial to the success of your treatment. It’s the work you do outside of sessions that will really help you see your personal growth and development. Your therapist will discuss with you the ways in which you can make the most out of your treatment plan.