Benefits and Risks of Therapy
At Doctors Park Mental Health Center we work with you to help you meet your needs, goals and overall well-being. Therapy is collaborative and may include talking between a therapist and family, couple, or individual client. There are many methods therapists use in sessions, which you will be informed about before beginning. There are several benefits to therapy. Therapy is especially helpful to clients, when willing, to increase awareness of their own feelings, thoughts, and motivations as well as their impact on others and others’ impact on them. Therapy is also helpful in decreasing symptoms of depression, anxiety, trauma, and marital/familial issues. Together we will identify areas in your life you would like to improve and work towards accomplishing your goals.
You will find therapy can help you better your relationships with family members, friends, co-workers, and improve your overall life satisfaction. Therapy is often hard work for the client. It includes heightening one’s self-awareness, understanding oneself better and more thoroughly as well as addressing difficult life situations and experiences. You will learn to be aware of your thoughts, feelings, and their impacts on your relationships.
At times it will be difficult to face certain realities; however, this is part of the therapeutic process. In the beginning before your symptoms can get better they are generally. This is often due to the fact that clients are facing their problems instead of avoiding them, and the pain is addressed. Similar to a fresh wound; you have two options: you can cover up the cut with a bandage and hope it heals or get all the rocks and dirt out, clean it up, and then bandage it. One temporarily may be helpful but will likely get infected and cause more damage and longer discomfort. The second may hurt a lot at first but will heal faster and with fewer complications.
It is important for clients to recognize that therapy is not always successful for every individual. Reaching an agreed upon goal is not guaranteed. There is about a 5% chance therapy may make you feel worse. However, typical clients find that therapy causes a significant improvement in their overall well-being.