Psychotherapy can help you work effectively toward resolving a variety of problems in daily living. Anxiety, stress, persistent moodiness, problems at work or at home, conflicts with others, and adjustment problems are some of the areas that can be addressed in psychotherapy. People often need more help than can be provided by friends, family, or others. Many find it useful to talk with a professional therapist who can provide an objective perspective. A therapist can help you understand better what's happening, clarify important life decisions, and develop ways to improve life satisfaction.
How do you know whether psychotherapy can help? The best way to decide whether psychotherapy can be helpful is to schedule a consultation with an experienced, qualified clinical psychologist, clinical social worker, or psychiatrist. A good therapist will help you understand the ways that psychotherapy can help, and also clarify what other approaches are available.
How long does therapy last and how frequent are sessions? The answer to these questions depends on the problems being addressed and your specific circumstances.
In some instances, having a consultation can help you clarify problems in such a way that you'll want to try out solutions on your own. In other instances, when problems are notable but circumscribed, a brief focal approach in therapy may work best. And in still other instances, chronic or especially complex difficulties may mean that therapy will take longer.
Many people find that meeting their therapist at least once a week is helpful. Others find that meeting more frequently each week allows for greater focus and intensity, which is often desirable. Again, you should plan to discuss these questions during an initial consultation.