It takes weeks, sometimes months to see results in therapy, but there are ways to gauge whether you are making progress. The key is looking at both long and short-term goals and improvements. You can vent to a friend and feel better for a day, but only a licensed therapist can help you become happier and healthier for the rest of your life.
Starting with Short-Term Goals
Sometimes It’s OK to Trust Your Gut
When building any relationship with someone, there is chemistry and intuition, feelings of satisfaction when you are lucky enough to click with this new person. Sometimes clients commit to sessions with a great therapist but realize he or she is not the right fit. It’s no one’s fault. Still, therapy won’t work for you if you’re toughing it out with a therapist who is the wrong fit. Continue reading Is Therapy Working for You? How to Know Your Therapist is Helping
I spent seven years being very single — as in striking out most of the time — until I found an amazing woman to be in a healthy relationship with. During the tail end of that period, I started therapy where I often worked on negative beliefs and patterns that caused me to waste time chasing after women who weren’t interested or right for me. By the time I began dating my girlfriend, therapy had taught me how to communicate in a dating environment, use reasonable beliefs to find great women who were interested in me, and form a happy relationship.
There are thousands of stories like mine where clients have worked with a therapist to become happier and healthier people, which is way more attractive than it sounds. Listen to some of these stories and more details of mine to learn how therapy is the way to have a great dating life and find someone you can be happy with. Continue reading Can Therapy Help You Get a Date?
Seeing a therapist in an office is not affordable for most Americans. This is unfortunate for people who have looked past the stigma of therapy and committed to living happier lives but can’t afford the therapist’s rates. The average therapy session costs $75-150 an hour, and good luck if you live in a place like New York where the range jumps to $200-300.
People who rail against therapy accuse therapists of being greedy, but therapists actually have valid reasons for their high prices. Nonetheless, don’t believe you are stuck paying for therapy you can’t afford. Learning why it is so expensive is the first step toward searching for alternatives and paths to affordable therapy. Continue reading How Much Does Therapy Cost? (And Why Is It So Expensive?)
I’ll admit I did not handle things well the first time I searched for a therapist. I punched in my zip code on my family’s mental health care provider website and picked from the first page of results. That was my search.
Because I didn’t take the necessary steps, I wasted time and money going from therapist to therapist before finding a good fit. I didn’t know about online therapy, which would’ve helped me because I didn’t have my own car and couldn’t rely on the limited public transportation in my hometown. Even after I found the right therapist, I moved across the country and had to start the process again (another hassle online therapy would’ve circumvented).
If you want an online therapist and a better search experience than I had, follow these steps. Continue reading How to Find a Therapist Online: Steps Before You Commit
“Good Will Hunting” is far from the only movie that features therapy. Robin Williams gave an unrivaled performance, but there are a lot of other great fictional therapists in film and television.
But do you know them? Could you identify them with minimal details? To learn the answer and test your knowledge of film and television, take our fun quiz! Continue reading How Well Do You Know Your Movie and TV Therapists?
The first time I pulled my car up to a therapist’s office, I had no idea what the experience would be like. The only images I had were from “Good Will Hunting” and “Equus,” both great movies but ones that don’t accurately portray therapy. I was skeptical, worried it would be a waste of time and money.
After years of chatting with therapists, other therapy-goers and people who were on the fence, I learned many people who consider therapy feel similarly before they commit. Therapy is a different for everyone, but there are common myths and misconceptions that aren’t true, ones that prevent people from receiving the benefits I have.
To break this stigma barrier, I reached out to therapists and drew upon my own experience. Keep reading to learn the truth about therapy.
Continue reading What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About How Therapy Actually Works
There’s little stigma in going to the doctor when you feel sick, but what about seeing a therapist to talk out problems or gain an ally to grapple with mental illness? People who go to therapy are finding a treatment for their mind and emotions — the same way a doctor treats your body — yet they deal with unfair misconceptions and assumptions about why they are going and what they must be like.
To replace these myths with reality, we reached out to therapists in and outside our network and spoke to people who go to therapy. Keep reading to fight the stigma around mental illness and learn the truth about why people work with therapists. Continue reading The Truth About People Who Go to Therapy: 11 Misconceptions and Myths
The top Google image results for “mentally ill people,” include: John Hinckley (the man who attempted to assassinate President Ronald Reagan), a homeless man, the Aurora shooter, and pictures of Jack Nicholson in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “The Shining.”
These results reflect the reality of how the public views the mentally ill and makes hurtful, stigmatizing assumptions about them. By drawing upon experience from our network of therapists and reaching out to mental health professionals, we readied a dose of reality to debunk the assumptions they encountered one by one and shame the stigma.
It’s time people understand what being mentally ill really means. Continue reading 10 Misleading Assumptions About Mental Illness: Learn the Truth
Politicians and pundits tend to politicize mental health, but it should mostly be about helping people. Those who struggle with mental illness and mental health issues are all around you — 62 million people, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. But you need to open your eyes a little wider to see the signs they might need therapy or another kind of professional help.
We reached out to our network of therapists to see what these signs are. Educate yourself so you can take care of the people you care about by gently guiding them towards therapy. Continue reading 7 Signs Someone You Know Needs Therapy
Studies have proven smiling has positive psychological effects on the person who smiles and the people who see it. With this in mind, Harvey Ball created the smiley face symbol in 1963 and declared the first friday of every October World Smile Day in 1999.
We agree smiling is great and worth celebrating, but not all smiles are created equal. Each one will cause people to perceive you in a slightly different way. Keep reading to see each smile so you can learn how to leverage the great ones and spot the fakes. Continue reading The 7 Types of Smiles and How People Perceive Them