General Therapy

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There are various stressors and problems in our life that cause us distress. Mental illness or mental health disorders arise due to these multiple stressors that affect our mood, thinking, and behavior and interfere with our daily activities. When it gets extremely difficult for an individual to deal with mental health issues they seek professional help, which is therapy. Therapy helps you deal with your mental health issues and get that extra support you might need during tough times.

What to expect during therapy:

The very first thing is to understand and accept that you may need external help for your problems. There is no need for fear of judgment as the therapist is simply there to help you cope and feel better. 

  • Your first therapy session will be quite similar to taking a doctor’s appointment, you will then get to know each other better and establish trust and comfort.  This way the therapist will have a rough idea about what your issues are and how to proceed with the therapy sessions to help you.

  • The therapist may ask you questions such as, “what brought you to therapy?”, “What are your problems?”, “What do you feel is wrong in your life?”. They will ask you questions about your history that may include things you want to tell about your childhood, education, family friends, romantic relationships, living situations, and career. 

  • You must talk about various things to your therapists such as the duration, methods of therapy, and confidentiality. 

  • Your therapy might take as long as a few days, weeks, or years since healing is very subjective and individual-specific.

  • There are multiple ways in which therapists can help you gain better insight into your life, moods, thinking, and behavior, help resolve personal issues and create changes in your life that could help you. Some of the common types of therapies are:

Client-centered therapy: This type of therapy emphasizes unconditional positive regard and is a non-directive form of talk therapy

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): In this kind of therapy there is more focus on helping you make connections between your thoughts, feelings, and behavior. 

Existential therapy: This therapy focuses on you, your free will, and your self-determination instead of your symptoms. 

Gestalt therapy: It focuses on your present moment rather than your past experiences. It is centered on increasing your awareness, freedom, and self-direction.

Psychoanalytic therapy: This kind of therapy focuses on identifying and working through painful and uncomfortable feelings in your unconscious mind. 

Your confidentiality is very important, this could be due to the nature of information you disclose to your therapist. By default, your therapist is supposed to keep all the information discussed during therapy private however, according to the American Psychological Association’s “Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct” that information can be disclosed with your permission or as permitted by the law in certain situations. 

After each session, your therapist may ask you if you have any questions to ask. You can use this time to ask your therapist questions to know them better. Ask them about their training, experiences, goals of therapy, approaches to therapy, etc. You may also ask them how they can assure your confidentiality, how long the coming sessions are going to last, how many sessions will it take to resolve your issues, and what you can expect in your upcoming sessions.

Figure out whether your therapist is right for you:

For your therapy to be successful you need to have a therapist who you are comfortable with, which could happen over time. There is also a possibility that even after a few sessions you and your therapist are just not clicking, in such situations you still have the option to seek out another therapist. To know if you are getting the best care from your therapist you can figure out whether

  • They challenge you

  • They check in with you

  • They guide you

  • They help you learn

  • They show acceptance and compassion

  • They treat you as an equal


If you feel that your therapist is not filling in any of the criteria for you then it’s probably best to look out for a therapist who does. In such cases, you can simply tell your current therapist that you will not be continuing with them and they will mostly ask you why and you can answer them honestly. They are most likely to then refer you to a therapist who would be a better fit.

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