Common questions

Therapy can sometimes seem mysterious or confusing. But it doesn’t have to be!

Here at JRM, we want to give you as much information as you need so you feel comfortable! Here is a list of our most common questions, if you don’t see your question answered here, please feel free to reach out to us through our contact page

How can therapy help me?

Therapists can help you by providing support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues, and creative blocks.

Many people also find that counselors are very helpful in managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, familyconcerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life.

Speaking with a counselor can give you a fresh perspective on a difficult problem and point you in the direction of a solution.

The benefits you can gain from therapy depend on how well you use the treatment process and practice what you learn in your sessions.

Your therapist doesn’t cure you, but they do give you the tools you need to overcome your issues yourself.

Here are some benefits that you can gain from therapy –

  • Getting a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
  • Developing skills toimprove your relationships with your partner, family, friends, and coworkers
  • Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional stresses
  • Improving communications and listening skills
  • Changing destructive behavior patterns and developing positive ones
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence

Do I really need therapy:
I’VE ALWAYS HANDLED MY PROBLEMSON MY OWN.

Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it.

In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. Through seeking therapy, you are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to change your situation.

Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.

Why do people go to therapy and how do I know if it is right for me?

People have many different motivations for going to psychotherapy. Some people may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, having a baby, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well.

Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts, and creative blocks. Therapy can help provide some much needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods.

Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life.

In short, people seeking psychotherapy are ready to meet the challenges they see in their lives and ready to make changes in their lives.

What is therapy like?

Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session.

Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term for a specific issue, or longer-term to deal with more difficult mental or emotional patternsor keep growing in personal development.

No matter what the situation, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).

It is important to understand that you will get the best results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purposeof therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your daily life.

That’s why, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to continue and support your progress - such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors, or taking specific actions towards your goals.

People seeking psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.

What about medication vs. psychotherapy?

It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved only by medication.

Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. The best way to achieve personal growth and a greater sense of well-being is to use an integrative approach to your mental health which therapy can provide.

You should work with your medical doctor to determine what's best for your unique situation. In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.

Do you take insurance, and how does that work?

To determine if you have mental health coverage through your insurance carrier, the first thing you should do is call them with specific questions about your coverage plan. It’s always a good idea to get the name of the person you are talking with in case you need to call back with additional questions or clarifications.

Make sure all your questions have been addressed and that you understand their answers and have all the relevant information from the call written down before you hang up for best results!

Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?

Yes, confidentiality is one of the most important parts of the client-psychotherapist relationship. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist's office. That’s why every therapist should provide a written copy of their confidential disclosure agreement. You can expect that what you discuss in your counseling sessions will never be shared with anyone.This is called "Informed Consent.”

Sometimes you may want your therapist to share certain information or give an update to some one on your healthcare team(for example, your physician, naturo path, or attorney). However, by law your therapist cannot release this information without first obtaining your written permission.

WHAT IS JRM’STHERPUTIC APPROACH?

We provide a highly-tailored, solution-focused, client-centeredtherapeutic approach that allows us to work together to better understand andresolve challenges in your life, both pastand present.

By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, we can help you identify long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life.

Today you are one step closer to a positive path to growth and well being! Let JRM help you on your journey to mental and emotional health!

Please call or email us to book at herapy consultation today!

We look forward to serving you!

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