Is therapy for “crazy” people?

Some people have this false belief that you have to be crazy to see a psychologist or go to therapy. This is the most popular misconceptions about the nature of psychotherapy and seeking help. In fact, people seeking help through psychotherapy are individuals looking to better understanding of themselves, their relationship, unhappiness, and emotional pain. A large number of people attending psychotherapy are high functioning, and successful individuals in other areas of life. Seeking professional assistance is a sign of emotional intelligence. Studies and experience indicated that individuals with more severe emotional issues and high level of toxicity are often the most resistant to the therapy and making commitment to the process.

Is my confidentiality and personal information protected?

The short answer is Yes. Not only your information is protected by law, our moral values and professional commitment will play a significant role in protecting you and your information. Information is not disclosed without written permission. There are a number of exceptions to this rule. For example, if a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person(s), or if a client intends to harm himself or herself. In these examples the therapist must notify the police and if applicable, inform the intended victim. The therapist will make every effort to enlist the patient’s cooperation in ensuring their safety. If the patient does not cooperate, further actions may be taken.

Does psychotherapy really resolve my issues?

The therapy experience is what you make of it. If you are motivated for change and ready to suspend your past false beliefs and habits, with a dynamic and motivated therapist you will achieve your goals in therapy. Therapy is seen as a collaborative process between the client and the therapist to discover your true-self. With a detail evaluation, proper diagnosis, a balanced treatment plan you will resolve persisting issues. Number of studies support the effectiveness of psychotherapy. Some of these studies reported that in some cases psychotherapy mixed with medications such as antidepressant produce better result for the client. In therapy, commitment will contribute to higher success rate.

Am I able to measure my progress in therapy?

Your honesty, openness, willingness to discuss your deep issues and being ready to take instruction and follow direction are the biggest signs of progress in early part of therapy. Recognizing self-defeating patterns, including your toxic emotion, thinking, and habits are second sign of progress. Leaning how to release yourself from irrational beliefs and moving from being “stuck” are third sign of progress. Overcoming your fear, ego and improving your self-awareness are ultimate sign of progress.

Is it possible I get dependent upon my therapist?

In a goal oriented and focused psychotherapy there is not any chance of dependency on therapist. The role of therapist is to be an expert consultant helping you to build confidence and trust in yourself. You learn skills to be in charge of your life. “Your Power is in your Control”.

What are the most important factors in therapy?

Trusting your therapist and gaining respect for her/him is a significant factor. Knowledge is important, however, if you do not feel comfortable with the therapist and coach you will not achieve what you intended to reach in therapy. No matter how much education or experience your therapist has, if you do not feel safe, respected, or understood, you will not benefit from therapy.

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