Each year, millions of people seek therapy and receive real help for just as vast a number of problems and issues. Therapy can address a wide range of concerns such as depression, relationship crises, parenting problems, emotional distress, career issues, substance abuse, significant loss, and clinical disorders or conditions. You can also look to therapy for life-enhancing help in fulfilling aspirations for personal growth or self-improvement.
Through the course of their training and practice, mental health professionals often develop expertise in specific areas and establish preferred modes of therapy. As you'll see when you review therapists' profiles in 4therapy's Therapist Locator, there are many types of therapy or "orientations." It may be that the nature of your particular problem will clearly define the type of therapy that would be the best for you and can then help you determine which therapist(s) to consider. For example, if you are experiencing difficulties in your relationships with family members, a therapist who specializes in Family/Marital Therapy would be a good choice.
Most therapists work with their clients to determine the most effective treatment plan even when it does not include their preferred orientation or just one specific technique. This can sometimes involve elements of several different types of therapy, for example, a combination of behavioral therapeutic techniques and psychodynamic therapeutic techniques, becoming what is referred to as an "eclectic approach" to therapy.
Is the information discussed in therapy kept private?
One of the most frequently asked questions about therapy is: "Will what I tell the therapist be kept private and confidential?" The answer is "yes." You have a right to expect absolute privacy and confidentiality in therapy. Without your explicit consent, the therapist is prevented by law from discussing information you share during your sessions with anyone else. Knowing and trusting that anything you say will be safely contained in the therapeutic space is essential to meaningful therapy.