Why does Therapy work?
If you're like most people you may wonder why Therapy even works in the first place. My curiosity about individual and relational change led me to my career as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Factors such as empathy, client commitment, desire for change and therapeutic modalities contribute to the process; however, the answer does not rest on just one factor. There is one element that can make or break therapeutic success.
In my last post I discussed some warning signs that therapy might be helpful. Research suggests that the most important predictor for therapeutic success is fit. In my opinion, when you're looking for a therapist you want to make sure you are comfortable being uncomfortable with them. Specifically during the first session they will most likely ask a lot of questions pertaining to why you are seeking therapy in order to conceptualize your case and build rapport. As you have your initial sessions with your prospective Therapist gauge how comfortable they make you feel. All your concerns will most likely not be resolved in the first session, but leaving with a sense of hope is a great indicator that therapy with that specific person may be successful.
Therapy can be hard work. At some point you will dive into some deep dark corners of your life that you may have tried to avoid. Your Therapist is there to be your guide and support you through those tough sessions but it doesn't have to be all bad. It seems like therapy gets a reputation for being painful and somber. While this is true at times, I spend a lot of my sessions laughing and celebrating with my clients. Each Therapist is different so you want to find someone who's personality and style matches what you are looking for. There is nothing wrong with using a phone consultation or initial session to interview your Therapist to find out if its a good fit.
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