FAQs about therapy
Do I need therapy?
Well, as someone who has dealt with heartbreak, loss, betrayal and failure, I would say that everyone has times in their life when they need therapy. Even in our most composed and together moments, we may be tormented in our own minds and it may help to sit with a therapist to help sift through our thoughts.
There can be 5 generic situations where it might be useful to find a therapist:
Major Life Changes
These can be breakups, divorce and even the current pandemic. These could also be apparently positive events, such as marriage or move to a new city, which may be stressful.
Relationships tend to fall into patterns of pulling and pushing that don't work. Therapy with couples and families help them come into a (online) space together to talk through their patterns and feelings.
To help with a mental disorder
Some issues that may benefit from psychological interventions include depression, suicidality, anxiety, substance abuse, self - harm, eating disorders, personality disorders, among others.
Dealing with a loss
As we move forward in life, we suffer big and small losses - loss of a dream, loss of a relationship, or the loss of person. Mourning and making sense of our losses in therapy, may make the journey forward easier.
We might want to be in therapy to help peel the layers of ourselves and discover ourselves, build love for ourselves and cope better with life's challenges.
What is Therapy?
We hope the following questions and their answers provide some clarity about what therapy is. Please feel free to email your own questions to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will try out best to answer them as soon as we can !
Therapy is a treatment for mental health problems by a therapist. And a therapist is someone who has been trained to help with these problems. In therapy, the therapist establishes a relationship with the client that is accepting and non - judgmental. Therapy provides a space for safety and growth.
What happens in sessions?
While some therapists have a couch in their offices where the client can lie on, other have comfy chairs !! At Therapeute, therapy sessions are held online.
Generically, a session is for 50 minutes and sessions are held weekly. Sessions with couples and families may last longer.
In a session, there can be broadly 3 parts.
The 1st part includes a discussion about how the past week went and what challenges were experienced.
The 2nd part involves a discussion of important issues at the moment through an analysis of emotions, thoughts and behaviors.
The 3rd part involves planning for the week ahead.
How does confidentiality work?
What you discuss with your therapist, stays between the both of you and does not get discussed with anyone else.
The therapist may discuss aspects of the sessions in his/her supervision but even then, no identifying details are shared.
However, there are certain situations in which confidentiality needs to be broken. These situations include:
A danger to the client or others - if the therapist believes that you may harm yourself or others, then he/ she may need to inform a family member, a significant other or an authority
If your case records are subpoenaed by the court