Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How does psychotherapy work?
It depends on the kind of psychotherapy.
Q. Is everything I tell my therapist confidential?
Yes, with the following exceptions:
Q. Does therapy ever include sex?
Professional psychotherapy NEVER includes sex.
All therapists are trained to know that it is illegal and unethical to engage in any kind of sexual behavior with their clients.
Q. How do I know what kind of therapy will work best for me?
In most cases, your motivation combined with the relationship you have with your psychotherapist will have more to do with the success of your therapy than the specific methodology.
Find a therapist that you feel very comfortable with. Many psychotherapists are familiar with more than one methodology. If you sense that your therapist's approach is not benefiting you, talk with him/her about it. Chances are that the two of you can find common ground. If not, s/he may have suggestions for other therapists that might be a better match for you.
Q. How long should I stick with a therapist to determine whether he or she is right for me?
There is no hard and fast answer to this question.
When you are looking for a therapist, feel free to try out a few so you can make a comparison. If you have specific topics that you would like your therapist to be knowledgeable about or sensitive to, ask them over the phone before you set up an appointment. Once you have chosen a therapist, you will most likely know whether you have made a good choice by whether your quality of life is improved by the therapy. Is the therapist helping you reach your goals? Some goals take longer than others to achieve, so keep this in mind. Keep the lines of communication open with your therapist so the two of you can evaluate how things are going from time to time.
Q. What rights do I have as a client or patient?
You have the right to: