How Does Therapy Work?
Individual therapy is a joint process between a therapist and the person in therapy. Common goals of therapy can be to inspire change or improve the quality of your life. People often seek therapy for help with challenges that are hard to face alone
Therapy can help people overcome obstacles to their well-being. It increases positive feelings, compassion, and self-esteem. Individuals in therapy learn skills for handling difficult situations, making healthy decisions, and reaching goals. Many people find they enjoy the therapeutic journey of becoming more self-aware and the continued self-growth it provides.
The first step is establishing a relationship with your therapist. During the first few sessions, your therapist will begin to understand your needs while fostering an environment of safety and trust. From these talks, you will then set goals, discuss strategies and identify resources. The pace and speed of your individual therapy sessions and goals are based on your own preferences.
What To Expect During Individual Therapy
The first session of therapy focuses on gathering information. Your therapist speaks with you about your past physical, mental, and emotional health. They will discuss the concerns which brought you into therapy. It may take a few sessions for your therapist to have a good understanding of the situation, address your concerns, and determine the best course of action.
Many therapists encourage people in treatment to do most of the talking. At first, it may be hard to talk about past experiences or current concerns. Sessions may stir up intense emotions. It is possible to become upset, angry, or sad during treatment. However, your therapist can help build confidence and help you become more comfortable as your sessions progress.
Therapists often assign “homework” to help clients build on topics discussed in therapy. Individuals in treatment can also ask questions at any point in the process. The goal is to work with you to develop a more positive mood and healthier thinking patterns so that you may live a happy and productive life.
If you want to create lasting change in your life and move closer to the life you envision for yourself, beginning therapy with us, Dr. Stephen Oreski & Associates, can be the place to start.
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