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Get the facts about Psychotherapy

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Psychotherapy Is Confidential

Psychotherapy is bound by the rules of confidentiality. Only you can release your health records to an outsider. 

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Psychotherapy Is Not Forever

Your psychologist's goal is not to keep you on as a client forever but to empower you to function better on your own.

Everyone moves at a different pace during psychotherapy — it’s a very individualized process. 

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Be Open

Psychotherapy may entail exploring past events that may be impacting your life. 

However, in some instances, your psychologist may forgo delving into your past to focus on the current issue that brought you into treatment. You’ll learn to use techniques to change your cur...

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Interactive And Collaborative

Psychotherapy often begins by you describing the issue that led you to seek help. But you will also talk about your background, the history of your problems and life, and how you tried to address the concerns.

Psychotherapy is typically an interactive, collaborative process based on dial...

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Asking For Help

Many try and fail to solve their problems alone before starting psychotherapy, but many issues need specialized training or have biological components that a normal individual can’t handle on their own.

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Not Like Talking To A Friend

Psychotherapy is not like talking to a friend. Although important, support from loved ones doesn’t offer the same benefits a professional with specialized education, training and experience does

Psychologists can recognize behavior or thought patterns more objectively and a...

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Benefitting From Psychotherapy

Whatever the reason, anyone can benefit from psychotherapy and become a better problem solver.

The stigma connected to going to psychotherapy used to stop many from seeking help. But that has been changing as researchers continue to find evidence that emotional issues can generate...

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