How Can Therapy Help Me?
Updated: Apr 24, 2021
First thing first, you need to find a therapist that fit your needs. There are so many therapists out there and how do you find a right one? First, determine how you are going to pay. (Wait! Don’t go yet. I mention this first because I don’t want you to end up having a huge amount of out-of-pocket payment). If you are doing self-pay, then you have more choices. If you are using your health insurance, call your insurance and ask for therapists in your network. You can also ask referrals from your friends, your community, or your doctors. Once you gather some names, go ahead and view their listing profiles, such as Psychology Today, or their websites. That way, you can find out more about who they are, their specialties, and the populations they serve. If you meet with your new found therapist a couple of times, and something doesn’t seem quite right, it’s ok to let them know it’s not a good fit, and try another therapist. Sometimes, people have to try a few therapists before they find the right one.
It is so important to find the therapist that you feel comfortable working with---someone who you can really trust. This is a foundation for anything to work. No matter how many specialties they have, you have to be able to have a good rapport with your therapist in order for the healing to work.
Now, assume you find a good therapist, how can this person help? Well, most therapists help by providing that unconditional positive regards, truly listen to you, and validates your feelings. You don’t have to worry about being judge. Bound by confidentiality, you don’t have to worry about your secrets being out (unless you are in danger to yourself or others). While listening, therapists are also analyzing and figuring out how to best help you in their own heads. Therapists usually try to untangle all that mess in clients’ head, help them gain insights and clarity and to reach self-actualization. Therapist also provide psychoeducation, teach you knowledge and skills to do this thing so called life, such as mindfulness exercise, reframing negative thoughts into reality-based thinking, implementing self-compassion, so on and so forth. Therapists can help process trauma, and help reduce the impact on PTSD symptoms. Therapists help you work toward your goals. Therapists help you when you don’t know what your goals are. I could go on and on about the benefits here. Hopefully, you can see the benefits here and be willing to give therapy a try.
If you are interested in doing individual therapy, please feel free to contact me "Jane" I-Chen Liu, MA.LMHC at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 425-728-0640. I look forward to speak with you.
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