Who can attend psychotherapy?
Anyone who wishes to personally grow or needs help with finding a way out of an emotional crisis. It is important to note that a client has to be motivated to work on themselves and has to actively participate in the process. Therapist will not be giving out advices, nor will he accept decisions instead of a client.
Why even attend psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy can help with: mental problems and disorders, psychosomatic problems, relationship problems, sexual disorders, problems with work and study, lack of motivation, stress, anxiety, burn-out, self-consciousness and a problem with setting appropriate boundaries.
What can we not expect from therapy?
Often people think that their problems will just disappear once they go to therapy. That is unfortunately not the case. Without actively working to change and working on oneself and working towards better relationships, nothing will change just automatically. As much as a therapist may want to, he cannot wave a magic wand and make it all better in a matter of seconds. For therapy to work it is important to build a good therapeutic alliance and be motivated to work hard on yourself.
Will I feel better after every session?
No. Client will be often forced to face thoughts, ideas and memories that are unpleasant and hard. Client can also experience psychological resistance, which is a normal part of the process.
What is therapist’s role in the process?
Therapist leads the psychotherapeutic process. He helps a client to develop an ability to find a proper solution on their own. He is also empathic, understanding, offers full support and gives a client a safe space in which the therapeutic alliance is created.
How long does the psychotherapeutic process take?
It is a long process, usually lasting a few years, since a permanent change in one’s behaviour requires a change in a brain structure, which will not happen overnight.
For whom the psychotherapy is not a good choice?
Psychotherapy will not be able to achieve notable changes: where a client suffers from a strong depression, strong personality disorders (first it would be necessary to achieve somewhat stable mental state with medication), acute psychosis, paranoid disorder, organic diseases, alcohol and drug addiction, when there is a perfect inability to form any kind of relationship, antisocial disorder and where people are unable to properly follow a psychotherapeutic process (low motivation, not actively participating in a process, infrequent sessions…).
Is it safe to reveal my personal information to a therapist?
Psychotherapy is a confidential process. Client’s identity is always protected. It is worth noting that most therapists (myself included) are attending regular meetings with a supervisor (who is also a licenced therapist, bound by confidentiality), who helps us with any possible dilemmas about our work or proper interventions with specific clients. That enhances the quality of our work. In supervision meetings client’s identity is still one hundred percent protected and any possible information that could reveal it (such as age, work…) are properly changed.
Can a therapist reveal any of my personal information without my consent?
Psychotherapist is obligated to reveal information only in some extreme cases: when a client is in a process of a criminal prosecution; when he estimates that a client poses a risk to their own life or lives of people around them; when there is a case of a physical or sexual abuse of children, the elderly, special needs people or any other helpless humans or animals.