What is therapy like?
Every psychotherapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. It is standard for psychologist to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during psychotherapy sessions. Psychotherapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. In any case 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 and integrate it into your life between sessions. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. People seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives. Here are some things you can expect out of therapy:
- Compassion, respect and understanding
- Perspectives to illuminate persistent patterns and negative feelings
- Real strategies for enacting positive change
- Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance