Seeing a therapist

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   Posted 11/6/2006 2:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello all,
I have seen a lot of posts about people seeing therapists.  This may seem like a dumb question, but how do they actually manage to help?  Do they offer advice or do they just listen? My only experience is what you see on TV and they don't really seem helpful, they always seem to answer questions with questions!!!!
I know what the majority of my issues are, I am just not sure how to once and for all put them to bed.  Is that how they help you?
Also, has anyone found that a friend helps more than a therapist?  Do you find that you can tell a therapist 'anything' and that you restrict what you tell a friend or vise versa?
I don't want to be nosey, jsut trying to work out the best way forward!

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   Posted 11/6/2006 5:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Wizzer, a friend will listen and give advice but sometimes the advice is quite subjective and not always the right advice. A therapist is trained in these matters. There are different types of therapy. There is "insight therapy" which will help you to see "patterns" in your life. They listen a lot and ask you how you feel about that and should ask leading questions to help you to come to the answers that are within you. There is also "cognitive therapy" which will help you to change the way you think and talk to yourself. They will make you look at what you just said and suggest a different way of thinking about it and phrasing it. It certainly can't hurt and might do you a world of good so give it a try. Hopefully others will be here to post soon.
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   Posted 11/7/2006 2:34 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks for the info hopeful, appreciate it.

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   Posted 11/7/2006 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   


there's stuff I have told therapists which I have never told anyone else. There's stuff I would tell them that I no longer talk about with friends/acquaintances. I can't imagine very many friends would WANT to listen to a timeline of my troubles.

It's not like what you see on TV or movies, just like lawyers in a courtroom aren't like what you see on TV. (I've seen the real stuff quite a few times thanks to my previous jobs.)

I would suggest at least trying a counselor a couple of times. You might even have some friends who could recommend someone. The health insurance I used to have actually grouped counselors by their specialties, as in types of problems -- survivors of sexual abuse, anxiety, divorce, etc. That was pretty helpful.

-- MK




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   Posted 11/8/2006 9:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Found some great information about therapy at:

Psychotherapy can help you:

Understand your illness

Define and reach wellness goals

Overcome fears or insecurities

Cope with stress

Make sense of past traumatic experiences

Separate your true personality from the mood swings caused by your illness

Identify triggers that may worsen your symptoms

Improve relationships with family and friends

Establish a stable, dependable routine

Develop a plan for coping with crises

Understand why things bother you and what you can do about them

End destructive habits such as drinking, using drugs, overspending or unhealthy sex.

Hope this helps.

Take Care.
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