Note: Although the questions below are in the context of therapy, most of the answers apply equally to counselling and coaching.

What should you expect in/from therapy?

You can expect the therapist to listen and ask questions. The first session or two usually focuses on your personal history. As therapy progresses, you may experience some unpleasant feelings as the therapist homes in on where you’re “stuck”. How many sessions are needed varies, depending on the circumstance.

What should you consider when choosing a therapist?

There are a number of factors including location, cost, language, and how open-minded the therapist is to your beliefs, sexual orientation and other personal qualities.

What makes therapy effective?

It’s personal. As with a teacher, it’s more about how you relate than it is about the lesson plan.

Is therapy actually better than self-help?

There are mixed opinions. Health and wellness are in many ways like acquiring any other skill: some people do better with a teacher or mentor, some do well with reading books and/or watching videos, and some can learn just by watching others and practicing. Many people find that having “an appointment” is one of the most valuable parts of therapy, since it creates a structure within which to do the work. If reading-and-doing works for you, you may find the Resources page helpful.



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