Bergen Alliance Counseling Services LLC
What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is working with a therapist to learn about your mental health condition, your moods, feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. It helps an individual understand what helps them feel positive or anxious, as well as accepting their weak or strong points. When individuals can learn how to identify their feelings, they become more able to cope with difficult situations. Psychotherapy or "talk therapy" teaches individuals strategies and gives them the tools to deal with stress and unhealthy thoughts or behaviors. It helps people manage their symptoms better and function at their best in everyday life.
Why go to a therapist?
Most individuals tend to go to therapy when they are in a crisis, depressed, anxious, and are not able to live their lives in a normal productive way. It is when individuals feel lost or are going through other life altering events. Going to therapy can be a worthwhile experience, good for times when you have specific problems, interpersonal issues, or are generally feeling down. It can assist you in seeing things more clearly.
How long do I need to go to therapy?
You can go to a therapist once, for a few months or long term depending on different expectations or goals. The length of time is not what is important, but when you feel you have achieved the changes in your life to move forward or when the issues or concern are resolved.
Why do I need therapy? Why cant I just talk to a friend?
A friend is not professionally trained to help you grow, heal, and change. Your friend will tell you what you want to hear and give advice based on their life experiences. A trained therapist is interested in helping you find answers by helping you connect with what is true and right for you.
How will I know if the therapist is right for me?
After meeting the therapist you will get a sense of what they are like personally and professionally.
. How easy is it for me to talk to the therapist
. Does the therapist seem like someone I can trust
. Is the therapist really listening to me
. Does the therapist seem experienced, confident, and competent
. Do I like the therapist
. Do I feel that the therapist can help me
. Is it easy for me to engage and talk to this therapist
. Is the therapist friendly
. Is the office setting warm and inviting