Often times, I encounter individuals who are curious about the therapy process, but they haven’t yet
taken the active step of reaching out for professional help. Some may not be sure their struggles
warrant professional help. Others may experience fear of the therapy process. Perhaps some are
overwhelmed by the thought of change.
In efforts to answer some of the unknowns about therapy, this article will cover some of the commonly
A: While therapy can be beneficial to almost anyone, anytime, there are some signs to look out for when
trying to decipher when you should reach out to a professional.
1. Are you feeling sadness, anxiety, or anger, or perhaps just feeling “off?”
2. Are you withdrawing from loved ones?
3. Have you lost someone important to you?
4. Have you experienced something traumatic, like abuse, chronic illness, or an accident?
5. Have you stopped partaking in activities you enjoy?
6. Are you using a substance to cope?
A: Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) broaden the traditional emphasis on the individual and they
attend to the significant role of primary relationships, such as spouses and family. Because individuals
are highly influenced by family’s behavioral patterns, MFTs incorporate the family unit into the
treatment plan. Although MFTs work from a systemic framework, it is very common for MFTs to treat
A: Different therapists will be a better fit for different individuals. A positive therapeutic relationship is a
great predictor of a successful therapy experience, so it’s important to find a therapist with whom you
fit well. For example, if your spirituality plays a large role in your everyday life, you may want to find a
therapist who incorporates this aspect into his/her work.
A: If you are open to learning, growing, and making changes within yourself, it is likely therapy will
benefit you. To monitor progress, you and your therapist will work together to set goals, and you will
evaluate whether or not you are advancing toward your goals.
A: What you share with your therapist is completely up to you. Allowing your story to naturally unfold
over time will help the therapeutic relationship become safe and trusting. With that being said, honesty
is a must, so if you are not ready to share details about a certain subject, communicating that boundary
to your therapist is okay and encouraged.