Therapy

Therapy is any technique aimed at improving your mental health. There are different types of therapy. You might prefer one strategy over another and if you don't really like the way one therapist is approaching your treatment, you can always decide whether to continue or not. You can also communicate with your therapist about what you need.

This could be for you if you:

  • Are interested in getting help
  • Want to know about types of therapy 
  • Are taking prescription drugs for mental health 
  • Are getting counselling
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What's therapy and what does it involve?

Therapy is any strategy aimed at helping your mental health. There are a bunch of different therapies to help sort out what's going on in your life. Different counsellors, psychologists, social workers, nurses and other health workers use different techniques depending on the situation.

You talk about your experiences and the challenges you face, and that helps you understand them better and solve (or at least manage) them. Some therapies will help you to build better thinking patterns and ways of coping. Some will help you deal with the causes of your mental health difficulty.

For more of an idea about what cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can be like, take a listen to our Therapy Sessions audio story.

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Asking questions

It’s great to ask any questions you may have about how the counsellor or therapists work. You can ask these at your first session, or you could also ask when you first make the appointment.

Some questions you may want to ask, if you feel comfortable enough:

  • What training or experience does the counsellor or therapist have?
  • Do they belong to a professional association?
  • How many sessions do they want you to commit to? 
  • How often do they want you to make an appointment? 
  • Do they feel comfortable discussing your particular dilemma or concern? 
  • Will they be discussing your case with anyone else?

In many instances counsellors or therapists will suggest a short-term contract with you. For example, you will see them every week for short period of time.

Deciding to continue

Within the first few sessions, you need to decide whether you want to continue seeing this counsellor or therapist or not. You will only have your own impressions to rely on. Make sure you feel comfortable enough with the person you’re working with. Most counsellors or therapists will be very professional and trustworthy.

People respond differently to therapies and therapists. If you're finding one thing doesn't work for you, you can work with another mental health professional or a doctor to find a different way to tackle it.

What can I do now?

Last reviewed: 30 October, 2015
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