Subjects discussed in therapy sessions cover a wide range of topics. As expected, they can include multiple mental health diagnoses such as mood disorders, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, attention deficit disorders, and more. Statistics say one in four Americans suffer from one or more of these diagnoses, but there are many other reasons people seek help. Non-clinical discussions can include working on issues with self-esteem and confidence, life-stage adjustments, trauma recovery, support for health-care providers, improving communications, relationship challenges, grief, and much more. Improvement in one of these areas often also leads to improvement in another.
Probably the most respected form of therapy practiced by many if not most of us therapists is called Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT). It is a theoretical base that has been heavily researched and validated over many years that simply says how we think affects the results available to us. Fresh perspectives and fresh thoughts offer new and improved outcomes, often never previously considered. It is not unusual to combine CBT with other forms of therapy, tailored specifically to the needs of each individual.
Seeing a therapist is not the same as getting help and advice from a friend, just as getting help and advice from a friend is not the same as seeing a therapist. Friends are there to support us, maybe saying what we want to hear or giving well-intended advice that may not be so helpful. Licensed, qualified, and experienced therapists instead offer a safe, confidential, and judgment-free environment focused only on your health, happiness, and well-being.