The Answers You Seek, In One Place
WHEN DO YOU THINK YOU NEED HELP?
In today's fast paced society, life can sometimes take a toll on even the strongest of individuals.
Do you constantly:
- Feel generally unhappy?
- Feel a little stuck in life?
- Have traumatic events in your past that haunts you?
- Worry too much about things?
- Worry about your future decisions and actions.
Perhaps this is the time to talk to a professional psychotherapist, to allow the therapist to walk you through and process with the issue/s affecting you.
A psychotherapist can help you:
- Come up with plans for solving problems
- Feel stronger in the face of challenges
- Change behaviors that hold you back
- Look at ways of thinking that affect how you feel
- Heal the pains from your past
- Figure out your goals
- Build self-confidence and better communication
HOW DO YOU CHOOSE A THERAPIST?
Apart from the therapist's qualifications and training, the most basic criteria in choosing a suitable one for yourself is the therapeutic alliance between the both of you. This refers to the collaborative aspect of the relationship between the therapist and you in the context of psychotherapy. A strong therapeutic alliance most often results in better outcomes in therapy.
This happens when you feel comfortable with the therapist and feel a sense of safety and trust in the therapy process. It is also important to have a sense of common goals with the therapist.
Meet your therapist for a single session to discuss what you are looking for from therapy and find out his/her training and experience, to help you decide whether he/she is the right therapist for you.
During the session, ask yourself :
- Do I feel safe with him/her?
- Do I feel comfortable telling him/her intimate details of my life?
- Can I be completely open with him/her?
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT IN A SESSION?
Many people are simultaneously fearful and fascinated by the prospect of undergoing psychotherapy session, not knowing exactly what to expect and how it will all turn out.
Firstly, your confidentiality will be assured. Your first session with the therapist will be different from future visits.
The initial visit is a period for you and your therapist to get to know each other and an idea where to get proceed. During the first session, you will be asked what brings you to therapy. What goal(s) do you want to work towards and what it takes to get there. Future visits will be more therapeutic in nature.
While many forms of therapy focus on speaking and listening, this is not the only medium used in the therapeutic process. Other mediums include the use of art, play, drama, writing, exercise, body awareness and breathing techniques. Sometimes it entails tasks that you may need to complete outside of therapy. Whatever medium is used, you will never be coerced into doing something against your comfort level.