Frequently Asked Questions About Therapy
Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced, there’s nothing wrong with seeking extra support when you need it. Therapy is for people who have the self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and can help you avoid triggers, change damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.
How can therapy help me?
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
- Developing skills for improving your relationships
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
- Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Improving communications and listening skills
- Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
- Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
Is everything I say confidential?
Therapy is based on a high degree of trust. We often talk about private, sensitive subjects, so confidentiality is one of the most important components of a client and a psychotherapist’s relationship. You can expect that what you discuss in the session will not be shared with anyone. By law, your therapist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission. There are some exceptions to confidentiality, such as abuse of children or elders, or if clients are in danger of harming themselves or others. But these will all be explained in a written form when you begin therapy.
Why do people go to therapy and how do I know if it is right for me?
Some people may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well. Others need assistance managing feelings such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, childhood issues and creative blocks. Therapy can help with these issues and manage through difficult periods. Learning more about yourself can help you become more effective in attaining life goals.
What if I'm in crisis and I need to speak to someone now?
Please call 9-1-1 or the Montgomery County Crisis hotline. The Montgomery County Crisis hotline is available 24 hours a day at (240) 777-4000.
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