Frequently Asked Questions

Why do people consider using therapy?

Therapy is a partnership between an individual and a professional who is trained to help people understand their feelings and assist them with changing their behavior. People often consider therapy under the following circumstances:

  • They feel an overwhelming and prolonged sense of sadness and helplessness in their futures.

  • Their emotional difficulties make it hard for them to function day to day.
    For example, they are unable to concentrate on assignments and their class performance suffers as a result.

  • Their actions are harmful to themselves or others.

  • They are troubled by emotional difficulties facing family members or close friends.

  • They just need someone with whom to talk.

Isn’t it better for me to solve my own problems?

A therapist doesn’t solve your problems for you. Rather, he or she helps you clarify issues so you can solve problems on your own with a therapist’s guidance, support, and expertise. The goal of therapy is to make you more self-sufficient, not more dependent.

What should I be looking for?

There are lots of very good therapists out there–doing all types of therapy.  However, studies show that more important than the type of therapy, the biggest indicator of client success is the therapeutic relationship that develops between the therapist and client.  In other words…there needs to be a ‘good fit’.
If possible, have a phone or email conversation when you first make contact with a potential therapist.  Ask if this person has experience in helping people to deal with your area of concern.  If that goes well, then book a first meeting.  You will have to pay for the first session, but it’s money well-spent if you decide that this isn’t the therapist for you.  Trust your instincts.  Your friend may feel comfortable with their therapist, but that doesn’t mean she’s ‘your’ therapist.