There are many reasons why people decide to come to therapy. Sometimes it is to work through feelings of anxiety or depression that are impacting their well-being, or it may be long-standing emotional issues, Other times it is in response to an unexpected stressor or change in one's life such as work or a divorce. Some individuals choose to explore personal growth and development through therapy. Working with a therapist can help provide unbiased support, collaboration, insight, and new strategies for all types of challenges being faced. Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, life transitions.
Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in creating a path for personal growth, well-being and self-awareness by shifting their life story and taking responsibility in order to work towards positive change in their lives. Therapy does not have to begin at a time of emotional stress- individuals can also find therapy beneficial when things are going well in their lives. There is no "right or wrong" time for therapy, what is important is that you begin.
The first session Begins with an introduction with your therapist, and a discussion of forms as well as the therapy process overview. Therapist will proceed with exploring why you are seeking therapy at this time. Often times the first 2-3 sessions focus on assessment and history to better understand past or present concerns. After assessment is complete, therapist will work collaboratively with client(s) to establish goals.
You can benefit in a number of ways by attending counselling. It is very different than talking with a friend or family member. A Therapists can provide unbiased support, collaborate on problem-solving and coping strategies for issues, which can leave you with feeling empowered to manage your problems or stressors in your life. Many people also find that therapists can be a tremendous support in exploring personal growth, relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the stressors of everyday life. Therapists can provide a different perspective on a difficult problem or work with you towards a new 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.
For therapy to be most effective you must be an accountable participant, both during and between the sessions. People seeking counselling are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives.