Beginner's Guide to Therapy (Part 4)

Happy Friday (we made it through another week)!

How do you know if therapy is working? Do you take an exam? Fill out a questionnaire? Do you wake up each day feeling “different”? Individuals who are in therapy or who have never been in therapy ask this question. And this is a valid question because you want to know what to expect when the process begins to work in your life. The differences seen are different for everyone because people seek counseling for a variety of reasons. Some couples go into counseling before they get married, other individuals are experiencing anxiety and are looking for the root cause of the symptoms, and others are stuck in the grief process years after a loved one has died.

This article by Jeff Guenther outlines changes you will see when therapy sessions with your counselor are working. He elaborates on examples such as feeling confident when obstacles show up in your life, improved relationships, and symptom relief. I don’t know about you but these sound like great reasons to go to therapy. Enjoy!

https://www.therapyden.com/blog/a-beginners-guide-to-therapy-part-4-how-can-you-tell-if-therapy-is-working

I would like to be clear that this blog post is not intended to substitute for professional counseling. If you are in need of support, please consider speaking to a professional counselor.

Cheryl D. Perry MA LPCA NCC

Beginner's Guide to Therapy (Part 3)

Happy Sunday!

You’ve made your first appointment with a new therapist. Now what? Some people think therapy is exactly like what they see on TV. And I can understand where this line of thinking comes from if you’ve never seen a counselor before. But keep in mind TV shows, for the most part, are for entertainment purposes. The shows writers can embellish or exaggerate certain aspects of the show to make it more appealing to viewers. When you see a therapist, it’s a collaborative relationship where you, the client, set the pace and you take about what you feel comfortable talking about. Keep in mind if you refuse to speak about certain subjects, your therapist may not be able to provide as much help as if you were to delve into your inner thoughts and feelings.

This article by Jeff Guenther helps you get an understanding of what to expect in your first few sessions and what not to expect.

https://www.therapyden.com/blog/a-beginners-guide-to-therapy-part-3-what-to-expect-in-the-first-few-sessions

I would like to be clear that this blog post is not intended to substitute for professional counseling. If you are in need of support, please consider speaking to a professional counselor.

Cheryl D. Perry MA LPCA NCC

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Cheryl Perry

Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in private practice in Charlotte NC working with individual adults working through symptoms such as stress, anxiety, depression. I also work with adults working to make sense of expected or unexpected life transitions. I also work with LGBTQ+ individuals living with feelings of isolation or simply in need of a safe space to discuss uneasy feelings they have experienced in life.

Beginner's Guide to Therapy (Part 2)

You’ve made a list of potential counselors you want to reach out to see if the two of you will be a good fit, but what do you ask during that free consultation conversation? Should I ask if we have the same religious beliefs? Or maybe it’s more important to find out how many clients they’ve helped with my exact same problem? How do I figure out what are important questions I need to know answers to before I make an appointment? This second article by Jeff Guenther LPC in a series written especially for clients, helps you understand the importance of an early but brief conversation to find the right therapist for you.

Beginner’s Guide to Therapy - Part 2

I would like to be clear that this blog post is not intended to substitute for professional counseling. If you are in need of support, please consider speaking to a professional counselor.

Cheryl D. Perry MA LPCA NCC

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Cheryl Perry

Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in private practice in Charlotte NC working with individual adults working through symptoms such as stress, anxiety, depression. I also work with adults working to make sense of expected or unexpected life transitions. I also work with LGBTQ+ individuals living with feelings of isolation or simply in need of a safe space to discuss uneasy feelings they have experienced in life.

Beginner's Guide to Therapy.

A therapist or counselor can be terms that not many people fully understand or their only point of reference are shows they have seen on television. Or if you know what a therapist or counselor is, you aren’t sure what steps you should take to choose one that is right for you. Below is an article by Jeff Guenther MS LPC, at TherapyDen may be helpful. I look forward to your thoughts and/or feedback.

https://www.therapyden.com/blog/a-beginners-guide-to-therapy-how-to-find-a-therapist

You can search for therapists in your area on sites such as TherapyDen, Psychology Today, or GoodTherapy.

I would like to be clear that this blog post is not intended to substitute for professional counseling. If you are in need of support, please consider speaking to a professional counselor.

Cheryl D. Perry, Perry Wellness Counseling