What is Therapy Like?

Psychotherapy is not easily described in general statements. It varies depending on the personalities of the psychologist and client, and the particular problems clients are experiencing. There are many different methods therapists use to address the problems client’s present. Psychotherapy is not like a medical doctor visit. Instead, it calls for a very active effort on the part of the client. In order for the therapy to be most successful, clients will have to work on issues that are talked about both during their sessions and at home.

Psychotherapy can have benefits and risks. Since therapy often involves discussing unpleasant aspects of  your life,  you may experience uncomfortable feelings like sadness, guilt, anger, frustration, loneliness, and helplessness. On the other hand, psychotherapy has also been shown to have many benefits. Therapy often leads to better relationships, solutions to specific problems, and significant reductions in feelings of distress. But there are no guarantees of what you will experience.

Generally, a therapist will want to discuss the events that lead the client to seek therapy in the first place and move on to resolving more specific goals for the client. Commonly, sessions will be scheduled weekly and will last 50 minutes to an hour.


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