What Is Therapy?
Thank you for your inquiry into my therapy services and learning more about what therapy is and what it isn't. I hope to answer some of questions you may have, and provide you with some insight as to how we might work together to change your life for the better.
Some of your questions may involve the following:
Is This Coaching? No, therapy is NOT coaching. While both are very valuable in moving you past roadblocks in life, their approaches differ in many ways. Therapy often involves extensively examining your past to define how you got here in the first place. Coaching is about taking you from where you are now and moving you forward. Additionally, there are some clients who benefit from working with both professionals concurrently. Finally, and foremost, coaches do not diagnose or treat any psychiatric disorders.
So, What is Therapy? Therapy is defined as: "the treatment, diagnosis, testing, assessment, or counseling in a professional relationship to assist individuals or groups to alleviate mental disorders, understand unconscious or conscious motivation, resolve emotional, relationship, or attitudinal conflicts, or modify behaviors that interfere with effective emotional, social, or intellectual functioning.
What is a Therapist's Role? A therapist’s role with a client is to diagnose using the DSMIV-TR (a manual of hundreds of diagnoses) and to treat a mental illness or disorder. Therapists are continually assessing a client’s symptoms and reactions to determine if the client is getting better, getting worse, or staying about the same with the current treatment regimen. Therapists look at their clients through the lens of the medical model, where there are specific treatment recommendations, usually based on scientific evidence, that are most effective with certain diagnoses. Active listening to a client, as in coaching, is a large part of what therapists do, but in the context of therapy, the listening happens with this particular purpose in mind and that is to diagnose and treat.
Do I need Therapy or Coaching? Speaking with Teena can help you determine which service is most appropriate for you at this time. Keep in mind that therapy often treats individuals with: depression and other mental health conditions, marital difficulties, family dynamics, addictions, disabilities, and suicidal concerns.
How Long Should I Expect To Need a Therapy? The average amount of time clients keep engage in therapy varies based by client and situation. I request a 90-day minimum commitment from my clients. I find it allows their success to evolve more effectively since our relationship has some time to grow.
What Types of Things Do I Work On With You as My Therapist? Really stuck places in your life that are rooted in past experience or trauma.
The first step in my process is to schedule a Free Consultation with me so that we can discuss what your current challenges are. Then from here, I will provide you with my recommendations. If we choose to work together, I will discuss the details with you at this time. If we choose not to work together, I will provide an appropriate referral.