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 relevant personal history, and to report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session.
Successful therapy is goal driven. Your therapist will work with you to identify your goals for therapy, and together you will design a plan of action to resolve any related challenges and meet your goals. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term to help you cope with a specific issue, or longer-term which allows you and your therapist to work through more difficult patterns or address your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist.
It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process - such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on 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.
To determine if you have mental health coverage, the first thing you should do is call your insurance carrier. Check your coverage carefully and make sure you understand their answers. Some helpful questions you can ask are:
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but the therapist's office. On the occasion that you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, Naturopath, Attorney), this release of information can only be done with your written permission.
Limits to confidentiality: According to state law and professional ethics, confidentiality cannot be enforced the following situations:
* Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children or vulnerable adults. Based on information provided by the client or collateral sources, if abuse is suspected, the therapist is required to notify the appropriate authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement.
* The therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person.
Therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns which inhibit our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. In some cases, a combination of medication and therapy may be the right course of action; work with your medical doctor to determine what is best for you.