There is a wide array of reasons people choose to seek mental health counseling services. Whether someone is looking to promote personal insight and growth, gain professional support for mental or emotional distress, or find direction for overcoming life’s challenges, therapy can help to achieve these goals and promote lasting, positive change.
In the second part of this series, we will continue to explore and answer some of the most frequently asked questions potential clients have about psychotherapy. If you missed the first part of the series, you can follow the link provided here to read FAQ & Answers About Psychotherapy: Part 1.
To speak with a therapist directly or to schedule an appointment for counseling in Boca Raton, please contact Morgan Center for Counseling and Wellbeing.
FAQ & Answers About Psychotherapy: Part 2
How many counseling sessions will it take to experience change?
It’s not uncommon for people to hope mental health counseling services will provide immediate change. While it is true that people can feel better and discover answers after as few as one or two sessions, lasting change takes time. The number of sessions required depends on the person and their unique situation.
Unwanted characteristics or unresolved issues are often deeply rooted. Counseling allows you to explore how some of these issues began to manifest while drawing connections between how specific experiences contribute to certain thought and behavioral patterns. The more time spent engaging in these relationships and practicing new resolutions, the better the chances for developing and sustaining positive change.
Will old patterns return after I stop mental health counseling?
Achieving meaningful change and ongoing symptom management requires effort, patience, and commitment. However, old patterns do not disappear entirely. It’s important to remember that, for personal change to occur, you will also need to change aspects of your life and practice the new techniques you are learning.
Some of these changes might take significant self-awareness, such as recognizing thought patterns and potential triggers, while others might require lifestyle changes, such as practicing healthier dietary, fitness, and sleeping patterns. Mental health counseling services provide you with the therapeutic tools you need to recognize negative patterns and manage your reactions to produce a desirable outcome.
What is the best type of psychotherapy?
Multiple studies have proven that the therapeutic relationship established between the client and therapist, rather than the specific type of psychotherapy, to be the most significant factor to a positive treatment outcome. However, it is true that there are many different types of psychotherapy available.
Most mental health counseling services available today will utilize multiple psychotherapeutic techniques and models, creating an integrative treatment plan. Some of the more common modalities are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Hypnotherapy, all of which have proven effectiveness.