What You Need to Know Before Your First Therapy Appointment

 

So, you’ve never been in therapy before and you’ve scheduled your first therapy appointment. Like many other people in this situation, you may feel anxious because you don’t know what is supposed to happen and what is expected of you.

Generally speaking, your task on the first session is Continue reading “What You Need to Know Before Your First Therapy Appointment”

Does Your Therapist Say You Need to Get Worse Before You Get Better?

“Sometimes you get worse before you get better” is one of the cliches mostly used in psychodynamic therapy.

I heard those words from my therapists every time I complained about feeling worse, and many therapy clients have heard the same idea. It might have been expressed slightly differently but it carried the same message, which is that healing can start only when people face their pain and deal with it.  Continue reading “Does Your Therapist Say You Need to Get Worse Before You Get Better?”

One Type of Therapist Not To Trust

woman-531212_640There are websites for therapy consumers with “check-lists” containing warning signs of questionable and inappropriate behaviors by therapists you should watch out for.

What is and isn’t acceptable or ethical in therapy is not always based on objective sets of rules such as professional ethical code. Oftentimes, it’s a matter of opinion. I might judge ethics Continue reading “One Type of Therapist Not To Trust”

Informed Consent In Psychotherapy

document-428335_640A provider of any service is ethically and, in some cases, legally obligated to inform customers of how they do business, their business policies and the limitations of their services.

The nature of mental health services and, specifically, psychotherapy is so unique that informing the consumers about how those services work and what can and cannot be expected is absolutely crucial, it is more important than in any other industry. Yet, the members of mental health profession Continue reading “Informed Consent In Psychotherapy”