What is therapy like?

Painting a picture for you of what therapy actually looks like is more like impressionism than any other genre of artistic painting. It will leave you with a basic idea of what to expect, but only the painter who observed the imagery portrayed in the painting is familiar with the real details. In this analogy, you are the painter. So, your experience will be a very unique and personal one.

Initially, therapy may be more focused on what is presently going on in your life. Some background and personal history is likely to be discussed. Naturally, your reason for participating in therapy is also one of the first subjects that will be covered.

Therapy will be a team effort. Together, we will navigate through the therapeutic process. It is important to remember that therapy is a process and not a single event. The length of therapy varies. Brief forms of therapy are often used to treat undesired behaviors or thoughts which are linked to specific, short-term events occurring in one’s life. For more complex problems or your own intentional development, therapy may be more long-term. Keep in mind that having an optimistic outlook toward therapy often leads to greater results. So, be encouraged that you have the ability to increase your own level of success when you come to therapy, simply by recognizing and expecting the benefits your will receive from it.

​Is what's discussed in therapy confidential?

Therapists are required by law to take measures that are designed to protect your privacy. You should be provided with documentation that outlines the extent of confidentiality in detail. This will be a formal and legally binding agreement made between you and your therapists. Trust is an essential part of therapy. Therefore, what is discussed in session is kept confidential. If for some reason you will to share some of your records from therapy with another person or organization, your therapist is required by law to acquire your written consent before releasing any of your information. State law, however, provides exceptions to this high level of confidentiality in the event that a clinician suspects past or present child abuse or neglect of children, dependent adults, or elders. Additionally, if there is reason to suspect that a client is in danger of causing serious harm to him/herself or has made threats to cause harm to another person, confidentiality can be legally broken. These exceptions should be explained to you the first time you meet with your therapist.

How can therapy help me?

Coming to therapy can help you in so many ways. Whether you are seeking therapy for a specific problem or just for personal growth, there is a plethora of resources you will find at the Marriage and Family Therapy & Play Therapy Center. It is not just a great place to come and talk about your problems, it is also where you will find help to work toward solutions. Helping you cope with undesired feelings or symptoms, a therapist might encourage you to look at things in a different way or to learn new ways to react to events or people. The pace at which this all occurs is entirely up to you. Without a client's cooperation, the therapist’s hands are tied. Accordingly, multiple studies have shown that those who come to therapy with a deep desire for change are more likely to experience significant results from psychotherapy. Of course, each client’s situation is different in some way. So, a unique treatment plan, which is tailored for you, will be used to ensure that you have the greatest chance for success.

Therapy can help you:

· Define and reach wellness goals

· Overcome fears or insecurities

· Cope with stress

· Decrease depression and anxiety

· Begin to process past traumatic experiences

· Improve relationships with family and friends

· Establish a stable, dependable routine

· Develop a plan for coping with crises

· Understand why things bother you and what you can do about them