Is counseling for me?
Psychotherapy is not easily described in general statements. It varies depending on the personalities of the therapist and patient, and the particular problems you are experiencing. There are many different methods that may be used to deal with the problems that you hope to address. Psychotherapy is not like a medical doctor visit. Instead, it calls for a very active effort on your part. In order for the therapy to be most successful, you will have to work on things that are discussed – both during sessions and at home. Licensed professional counselors (LPC), LPC-Interns, psychologists and social workers have professional training in conducting mental health treatment. You have the right to inquire fully about the credentials, education, and experience of your therapist. Your treatment is provided by a licensed member of the counseling mental health profession.
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. Response to therapy is different for each client and should be discussed on an ongoing basis with your therapist. Therapy involves a large commitment of time, energy, and money, so you should be thoughtful about the therapist you select.