The biggest misconception about therapy is that it is only for serious mental health issues. Sometimes, just talking to someone who is non-judgmental, non-biased, non-family member or outside your circle of friends can help you to gain new perspectives and insight. Individual Therapy (Mental Health Therapy, Counseling, or Psychotherapy) is defined as “a joint process between a therapist and a person in therapy. Common goals of therapy can be to inspire change or improve quality of life. People may seek therapy for help with issues that are hard to face alone.” It is completely confidential and only is shared with your written consent.
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Have you ever driven to a location you’ve been two a hundred times, arrive at your destination and have little memory of the drive? That is a similar state you experience while under hypnosis. Hypnotherapy is not mind control or some strange guy swinging a pocket watch in front of your face and asking you to dance like a chicken. The reality is that you are in complete control at all times in a meditative state and offered suggestions to help facilitate change and assist you in healing wounds. Hypnotherapy is defined as, “guided hypnosis, or a trance-like state of focus and concentration achieved with the help of a clinical hypnotherapist. This trance-like state is similar to being completely absorbed in a book, movie, music, or even one’s own thoughts or meditations. In this state, clients can turn their attention completely inward to find and utilize the natural resources deep within themselves that can help them make changes or regain control in certain areas of their life.”
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There is a common misconception that group therapy will force you to tell all your deepest thoughts, feelings and secrets or you will be verbally attacked by the group facilitators or members. In reality, therapy groups are non-judgmental, confidential, and facilitated by a trained therapist who understands what it feels like to be anxious and uncomfortable in a new environment. As a matter of fact, it’s completely normal to walk into a group therapy setting anxious and afraid. In my experience, one thing I have seen over and over and love about group therapy is the community that develops between group members. This happens almost every time. Once group members get to know each other a bit, they realize how many things they have in common with people from all walks of life. They come together cohesively, support one another and care what happens in each other’s lives. It’s a beautiful thing!
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