What Happens on the First Visit?

What Happens on the First Visit?

“Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise.” ~Horace Everything has a beginning. The beginning of therapy is the first session. The first session provides the client an opportunity to express what has brought them to therapy. The first session also provides the client an opportunity to meet the therapist and determine if the therapist is an appropriate “fit”. Here is a guide of what to expect in the first session: What to expect: A Safe environment. Expect to be in a comfortable environment in an office with just you and your therapist. Confidentiality. Expect the therapist to keep everything that you express confidential between the two of you. There are certain situations where confidentiality must be broken. Those situations include when a client is at risk to hurt themselves or somebody else. Questions. The therapist will likely ask a variety of questions seeking to understand what has brought you into therapy. Opportunity to ask questions. The therapist will give you opportunity to ask questions about whatever you like. Be prepared to ask questions. You might want to ask questions about the therapist, the process, or even the techniques that they use. Asking questions will help you establish more rapport with your therapist. Clarification of goals. Often in the first therapy session the therapist will attempt to understand and clarify your goals. The goals set during this first session are not “set in stone” but rather a way to understand you and your objectives better. Discomfort. The process of therapy can make people feel uncomfortable. Expressing your feelings and past history can be intimidating. Understand that the therapist is...

What is therapy?

“We may define therapy as a search for value” ~ Abraham Maslow Therapy can be defined many different ways and it is not as simple a definition as you might imagine. A variety of words may be utilized interchangeably with therapy for example counseling and therapy tend to be interchangeable. Other words that might be utilized interchangeably include psychoanalysis, and increasingly the term life coaching.  Technically the term “therapy” for our purpose, is shortened from the word “psychotherapy”. Psychotherapy is a therapeutic process related to the mind (psyche) and is unique as compared to say physical therapy. In this book, when the term “therapy” is used we are referring to psychotherapy.  Below is a simple definition of therapy that will be utilized for our purposes: “The process of improving a psychological, emotional, or behavioral element in an individual’s life. The process is facilitated by a trained professional in a safe environment”  It is important for individuals seeking therapy to understand a basic definition of what therapy is. It is important is because participants will benefit from understanding exactly what they are getting into. In the definition above, it is important to note several key points: Therapy is a process. In therapy there is seldom a specific event that makes change happen. Instead therapy tends to be a process where change happens through ups and downs. Humans are very complex, and good therapy recognizes these complexities. Therapy is about making improvements. Beginning therapy does not mean that you are “sick” or that something is “wrong” with you. An individual may seek therapy to improve many areas of their life and...
LIMITING SCREEN TIME HAS BENEFIT FOR CHILDREN

LIMITING SCREEN TIME HAS BENEFIT FOR CHILDREN

A new study finds that limiting screen time has a “ripple effect” for kids: “Douglas Gentile, lead author and an associate professor of psychology at Iowa State University, says the effect is not immediate and that makes it difficult for parents to recognize. As a result, parents may think it is not worth the effort to monitor and limit their children’s media use. But Gentile says they have more power than they realize.” Our experience at Cultivation Counseling backs up the evidence presented in this study. Limiting screen time tends to have dramatic effects on the way that children behave and families function. Screen time in many families tends to be dramatically more than the American Association of Pediatrics recommendation of 2 hours.  Setting this limit can be difficult. Sometimes working with a facilitator or outside party can help clarify reasons limits are beneficial. Families would benefit from acting sooner rather than later to set limits regarding screen time. Another consideration is putting in other activities that are healthier that include interacting with family members to replace the screen time. Read the original article here:...
Do You Suffer from Anxiety?

Do You Suffer from Anxiety?

Not all Online tests are created equal. Some are research based and have actual applicability. Note that all tests should be considered informative only. they are not an actual diagnosis. Here is one of our favorite online tests for anxiety. From Psych Central: Do You Have...
What is Therapy?

What is Therapy?

  “We may define therapy as a search for value” ~ Abraham Maslow   Therapy can be defined many different ways and it is not as simple a definition as you might imagine. A variety of words may be utilized interchangeably with therapy for example counseling and therapy tend to be used interchangeably. Other words that might be utilized interchangeably include psychoanalysis, and increasingly the term life coaching. Technically the term “therapy” that we are talking about is shortened from the word “psychotherapy”. Psychotherapy is a therapeutic process related to the mind (psyche) and is unique as compared to say physical therapy. In this book, when the term “therapy” is used we are referring to psychotherapy. Below is a simple definition of therapy that will be utilized for the purpose of this post: “The process of improving a psychological, emotional, or behavioral aspect of a person’s life. The process is facilitated by a trained professional in a safe environment” It is important for individuals seeking therapy to understand a basic definition of what therapy is. It is important is because participants will benefit from understanding exactly what they are getting into. In the definition above, it is important to note several key points: Therapy is a process. In therapy there is seldom a specific event that makes change happen. Instead therapy tends to be a process where change happens through ups and downs. Humans are very complex, and good therapy recognizes these complexities. Therapy is about making improvements. Beginning therapy does not mean that you are “sick” or that something is “wrong” with you. An individual may seek therapy to improve many...