Therapy Frequently Asked Questions
How can therapy help me?
The benefits of therapy are far and wide depending on the individual need or desire. Therapists can help gain control of a trying situation, understand depression, anxiety, childhood trauma and relational issues to name just a few. Having an outside source to assist in problem solving and acquiring an alternative perspective is invaluable and can serve lifelong benefits.
What Therapist is right for me?
There is no right or wrong answer to this but deciding the ultimate goal of treatment will help guide you into the right direction toward the perfect therapist. Ask yourself are you looking to learn new skills, understand your thought processes, alleviate the current stressors of past abuse, resolve concerns in a relationship or learn how to problem solve. Believe it or not there are various types of treatment approaches and therapists that there is definitely a match for each one of us.
How does therapy work?
It all begin by developing a relationship between the patient and therapist which is built on trust and honesty. The therapist aids the patient in learning about areas of their current life that is troubling or in hopes of assistance. The collaborative relationship fosters change through compassionate challenging to learn awareness, taught and demonstrated coping skills and an improved skill of problem solving.
How often do I need to go to therapy?
Best outcomes to therapy occurs when a patient is seen either weekly or every other week. It is difficult to monitor changes, follow through and add interventions unless completely engaged in the process. Once the initial stressor has been resolved it may be possible to go into a maintenance phase where is patient is not seen as often but that will be determined through the patient’s progression and ability to gain insight into their issues.
How long will I be in therapy?
The answer to this varies with each patient. Some patients seek therapy to address an immediate concern that once repaired is able to discontinue where as some patients come to therapy to heal trauma a long-term concerns. The average solution focused therapy to solve an immediate issue is often 8-12 sessions.
Am I considered “crazy” if I come to therapy?
This is a question often heard in therapy. The definition of crazy is mentally deranged, demented or insane which does not define the vast population. However, with the widespread stigma of mental health this is often a fear of most new patients. At Fresno Health and Wellness our goal is to make you feel as comfortable as possible where we show our human side and focus on reducing felt stigma.
Why can’t I fix my problems on my own?
Behaviors both positive and negative are learned through our experiences through childhood by the adults in which we are exposed. Since these behaviors and thoughts are deeply engrained it is not easy for us to see on our own when things are not working well. Through therapy you will learn how you’re thinking is both helpful and unhelpful and how to improve ways of behaving and communicating to improve your overall quality of life.
Will anyone know that I am coming to therapy?
Since the professionals you are working with are bound by the American Psychological Association to ensure confidentiality your therapy sessions will remain private unless you sign a release of information, pose a danger to yourself/others or you have reported that a child is in danger.
What is a Mandated Reporter?
Mandated reporters are professional who have accepted the responsibility to report specific situations. Those situations include:
Danger to self
Danger to others
Child or protected group of people are in suspected danger