There are countless reasons you may decide to begin working with a therapist. Perhaps you are going through life changes and do not how to feel or maybe you need guidance working through a catastrophic event that left you traumatized. Whatever personal reasons you may have, working with a professional can help you navigate through your issues.
Seeking a qualified professional will help you start the process of understanding and overcoming the negative impact and damaging effects in your life, also known as traumas. Sometimes we need a neutral party who has no personal attachment to help us heal emotional wounds and therapy provides a supportive environment to process and work through these events.
People often mistake what it means to be traumatized; it is commonly confused with being crazy, mental or insane. The reality is you are not crazy but simply externalizing what you have been through. Trauma can result from negative situations such as sexual abuse, domestic violence, a car accident, natural disasters, and bullying, to name a few. Most of us have experienced traumatic situations in our lives. We are all impacted differently by traumatic events.
Your therapist is there to help you identify, recognize, and process the effects of your specific trauma and work towards acquiring effective strategies and healthy coping skills. Typically during the initial consultation, your therapist will ask about presenting issues, how are you feeling, and establish goals for treatment. Next, an assessment will be conducted to help guide the next step in therapy. Finally, the treatment plan is formulated to start the healing process. With your effort and commitment, along with the therapist’s guidance, support, and encouragement you can start your healing journey.
This is a process where a partnership is formed between therapist and client. The client works one-on-one with the therapist in a private and confidential environment to explore feelings, beliefs, behaviors, better understanding of self, discover personal strengths and weaknesses, etc. You will problem solve along with your therapist to identify, address, and change toxic behavior patterns that contribute to symptoms such as anxiety, addiction, and depression among others.
Your therapist can help you understand past traumatic experiences and their effects on your present life. Individual therapy has great benefits including, but are not limited to, reduced stress, depression and anxiety, improved self esteem, improved relationships, and most importantly, feeling empowered and taking back control of your life.
The goal of couples’ counseling is to examine the relationship based on what is best for the couple rather than the individual. With this treatment modality you will gain insight about repeated negative patterns, which can be helpful with deciding whether to stay in a relationship or walk away in a healthy manner. It is common for couples to seek services to work through issues such as rebuilding trust, infidelity, lack of sexual desire, improved communication, preparing for marriage or divorce, or to cope with the loss of a child. Attending couples counseling is a great way to learn effective communication and listening skills, emotional expression, healthy conflict resolution, and adding the spark back into your relationship.
Family sessions are geared towards working with the family as a whole while addressing the problems of one or more members. Your therapist will provide a space where family members can talk to each other in a neutral environment and will ensure that everyone gets the opportunity to be heard. Family counseling can help strengthen family relationships, improve communication skills, bring the family together, and gain healthy conflict resolution techniques.
This is a type of therapy that involves the therapist and a several participants. There are unique benefits to participating in group therapy. This includes gaining a sense of solidarity and receiving extra support from other members. Another benefit of group therapy is having the opportunity to hear different point of views. Also, you will see you are not alone and talking about the issue at hand will seem less intimidating.