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Frequently Asked Questions about Psychotherapy


How do I know if I should begin psychotherapy?

When a person is asking themselves this question, it is good indication that they are ready to make a change or at the least willing to consider making an improvement in some area of their lives. Therapy is very productive when a person realizes that personal difficulties are not going to change by repeating the usual methods (doing the same things over again and expecting different results).

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What if I have been told to go to therapy? Will it do any good?

If your place of employment or spouse has insisted that you attend or begin therapy, you may be angry or defensive and focus on trying to end the process rather than using it to make your life better.

Remember the therapist's focus is you and what changes could make a difference in your life. With that as the focus, therapy may be one of the most significant experiences of your life.

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How long does individual therapy last?

Often people experience a sense that they are making progress more quickly than they had expected. There is also the realization that they are holding onto thoughts or feelings that need to be explored more thoroughly. This struggle of exploring interconnecting aspects of one's life story may proportionally increase time in therapy and personal growth.

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If I go to therapy more than once a week, does this mean I am "ill"?

NO! People who are functioning in life but distressed by particular situations, may chose to come in for 2-3 sessions per week to intensively focus on an issue or they may chose to have an extended session for the same purpose. Many times a single session per week can limit individuals to recounting the events of the week rather than addressing the issues for the full session.

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What is the difference between psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and psychotherapists?

A psychiatrist is a physician and has been uniquely trained in prescribing psychotropic medication. In our managed care world, most psychiatrists do not see people for psychotherapy.

A psychologist has a Ph.D. or Psy.D. degree and has been trained in counseling and psychological testing. Some however have had other types of training such as research or working with businesses.

A social worker has an M.S.W. degree and is trained in working with social service programs and psychosocial counseling.

A psychotherapist is generally someone with a Master's Degree in some area of counseling or a religion degree. It is important to understand their training, degree, and license(s) and certification.

Before beginning psychotherapy with anyone, it can be helpful to check with their particular licensing board to see if there are any outstanding complaints about them or any type of disciplinary action that has occurred.

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