Therapy has helped so many people, yet it is still something many people don’t quite understand. In 2019, 19.2% of adults received mental health treatment.
Not understanding what happens in therapy adds to the stigma surrounding mental health treatment. When someone doesn’t know what to expect from therapy, it may delay or prevent treatment. You can go into it with an idea of what it is, what you’ll gain from it, and how to make the most of it.
Therapy has several versions, but talk therapy is the most common. This therapy helps the client recognize harmful emotions or thought patterns and take back control. This work is done with a licensed mental health professional either one-on-one or in a group meeting.
Talk therapy is a great option for those who:
The main reason to undergo this therapy is to alter and improve your level of function. You want to reduce your suffering, and therapy is a proven way to gain that relief.
Other and more specific forms of therapy include:
Although therapy differs by type, most therapists guide their clients. A therapist doesn’t do the work for you but points you in the right direction so you can address your past and move forward in your healing.
As you speak with a therapist, your confidence improves. You become more aware of your emotions and how they affect your life. Often therapy includes crying. You may find yourself just crying without saying anything in some cases, especially in the beginning. The relief of knowing you have a safe space to expel emotions you may have been denying or holding in leads you to emotional release.
In between sessions, your therapist may assign homework. They might ask you to practice the techniques they introduced. This could be writing down your feelings, having conversations, or practicing breathing exercises. As you use these coping methods, you and your therapist will track your progress, improving your confidence.
The length of therapy depends on several factors like:
It is important to remember that therapy is not a cure for your problem. In mere weeks, you may see improvement, but other situations require long-term care. If you are stressed or have a mental illness, therapy will not erase that but will help manage it. Therapy allows you to cope with such things healthily.
Your therapist’s approach is determined by your comfort level, situation, and needs. This is all taken into account when planning your treatment and it will change as you make progress. The most common elements to expect from therapy are:
To get the most out of therapy, it is crucial to be intentional and honest. You want to resolve problems, relieve the impact of struggles, and manage stress. To get those benefits of therapy, you need to be just as present as the therapist.
At California Care Detox & Treatment, we put significant focus on mental health improvement through multiple therapy sources. Our therapists are trained to promote personal growth. We work with you to address your problem areas and provide support and encouragement every step of the way. Our evidence-based methods offer unique care that caters to your specific needs—offering treatment programs for stress and anger management teaches you how to work through negative feelings and overcome the power they have over you. By creating healthy habits, you can improve your functioning and overall wellness. We will also prepare you for therapy by explaining your treatment plan and setting goals with you. Therapy does not need to be a scary unknown. You can be prepared to improve yourself and your life. To learn more about how we can help you, call us at (949) 281-0632.