Authentic Happiness Therapy
What is psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a psychological process in which, therapist and individual communicate psychological problems and strengths. It differs from many relationships, as it is professionally based using therapeutic principles as the therapist provides genuineness, warm acceptance, and an empathetic environment.
Nature of the Psychotherapy Relationship
The therapeutic relationship is strictly professional between therapist and client. The therapy sessions are dedicated to the client, as the therapist expects nothing in return except for payment for the time allotted.
Psychotherapy is beyond ‘problems’: Promotes self-actualization
Therapy is a place where one can discuss anything beyond ‘problems.’ It can also be a place of self-growth and self-actualization. In addition to overcoming barriers a client can explore positive qualities about themselves. It is a place to become conscious about themselves, their inner world, and interpersonal relationships.
Psychotherapy does not mean you are ‘crazy.’
There has been a long-term stigma that going to therapy means you are ‘crazy.’ This is not true. It has even deterred people from seeking help in fear of being judged. People who seek therapy are ordinary people who suffer from everyday human problems. Therapy is beyond private practice as there are many therapeutic programs that can offer higher level of care.
Types of Psychotherapy
There are many different models in which therapist use. Each therapist has a different view of how a person grows and achieves positive change. When considering a therapist it is important to know the therapists treatment approach, as it is apart of ones healing process.
Types of Modalities
There are many different forms of therapy: individual, couples, family, group, residential, and home based therapy.
In any model used in therapy, the therapist and client decide on what their goals are as well as how to get there. The therapeutic process in getting there is a journey in itself in which the therapist and client explore their feelings whether it positive or negative. Often time’s therapy could feel like a rollercoaster where there will be moments of revelation and grief. Sometimes one feels moments of bliss and believes there is no reason to come back to therapy; it is more about the awareness that it is a part of the healing process. By no means is therapy a permanent commitment. Deciding when to start or end therapy is either an individual or collaborative decision between therapist and client.
Therapy provides a non-judgmental space where a client can explore anything. It is not uncommon to feel emotions that one has not felt before or even become resistant to the process as it can become overwhelming.
Finding the Therapist for You
Finding a therapist can be an overwhelming process as there are many to choose from. Here are a few questions one can ask that can help them find a suitable therapist:
How does it feel to sit with your therapist? Does it feel safe and comfortable? Does the therapist feel genuine? Does it feel like they are listening to your concerns?
If the therapist does not feel like a good fit, it is okay. Often people go through number of therapists before feeling comfortable. It is important to note that when seeking therapy it can be an anxiety-provoking situation or to check with oneself to see if there are feelings of avoidance.
Does your therapist manage to accept feedback and admit mistakes?
All therapists are not perfect as they are human as well. However a good way to check this is to see if they are open to your feedback and hear you out when something that was said was hurtful or offensive. A therapist who is willing to accept feedback and admit their mistakes is consistently checking in with their feelings and are willing to look at himself or herself.
Does your therapist adhere to ethical principles in regards to boundaries, dual relationships, and confidentiality?
There are a number of ethical guidelines that therapists have to adhere to. Here is a link that provides ethical guidelines: http://www.apa.org/ethics/code/index.aspx
Has your therapist done his or her own therapy?
Therapy is a healing process. If a therapist is providing guidance in healing others its important to know if they have gone through their own therapeutic healing process. Those who heal tend to be wounded healers themselves.