How do I know if I need therapy?
The decision to seek therapy is often prompted by a perceived sense of crisis or upon the recommendations of a loved one, another health care professional, employer, teacher, school counselor or someone else who cares about your wellbeing.
Clients chose therapy to deal with a variety of life events or symptoms associated with specific mental health disorders. When our symptoms interfere with out ability to function in our normal daily routines, it is time to reach out.
Most people come to therapy feeling extremely nervous about what to expect or fearful that they won't have anything to discuss. A skilled therapist will ease you into the comfort and safety of the therapeutic relationship and help you find your voice.
Is therapy working?
One of the most important predictors of successful therapy is the client's comfort and trust in the therapist.
People report feeling better after two to four sessions because they were finally able to get to talk with someone, receive validation, and regain a sense of hope.
However, it is also common to experience some amount of discomfort or worsening of symptoms during the process as you/or your teen begins to address difficult emotions, memories, and change. This itself is a sign of progress and your therapist will offer guidance through those moments.