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3 Things Therapists Do, 3 Things Therapists Do Not Do

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It is common to have anxiety about starting therapy. This information about what therapists do and do not do might help alleviate some concern.

3 Things Therapists Do, 3 Things Therapists Do Not Do

Choosing to go to therapy for your mental health is a big decision, especially if you’ve never been to therapy before. And while there are some great benefits to mental health therapy, it’s common to have anxiety about starting therapy. This information about what therapists do and do not do might help alleviate some concern.

3 Things Therapists Do

  1. Listen. During a session, you have a therapist’s undivided attention.
  2. Look for patterns. Therapists help you sort the puzzle pieces and see the big picture you need to click those pieces into place.
  3. Guide you in finding new, effective ways to deal with mental illness or other challenges.

3 Things Therapists Don’t Do

  1. Judge you. People become therapists because they believe in people and their ability to overcome difficulties.
  2. Share your information with others without your permission. Therapy is confidential with one important exception: When a therapist has reason to believe their client could harm themselves or others, the therapist must let pertinent people know.
  3. Magically solve all your problems. Therapy is a process that takes time and effort to work. Therapists guide you as you discover ways to move forward.

For many people, working with a therapist can be empowering. If you decide to try it, this resource can help you find potential therapists: Types of Mental Health Counselors: Finding a Good One

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Today's Question: If you’ve had experience with mental health therapy, what was the general experience like for you? HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.

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APA Reference
Peterson, T. (2019, April 8). 3 Things Therapists Do, 3 Things Therapists Do Not Do, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, September 20 from https://www.healthyplace.com/other-info/mental-health-newsletter/3-things-therapists-do-3-things-therapists-do-not-do

Last Updated: April 8, 2019
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Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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