How do I know if I need therapy and why should I consider going?

Talking with a therapist can benefit people struggling with emotional difficulties, life challenges, and mental health concerns. Therapy can be very helpful if feeling overwhelmed, fatigued, resentment, anxious, depressed, apathetic, panic attacks, or socially withdrawn. Therapy requires honesty, with yourself and with the therapist you work with. But if you’re willing to do the work, therapy can be rewarding. It’s a safe, judgment-free space where you can share anything, with a trained professional who is there to help. Therapy is also a good self-improvement tool that teaches people skills that enhance communication, self-awareness, boundaries, and stress reduction.

How do I get my loved one to go to therapy?

It’s important that someone chose therapy for themselves instead of trying to appease someone else. Encouraging someone you care about to look into possible therapy options, even offering to review potential therapists with them, is a good way to show support. People who feel forced into therapy may feel resistant and find it harder to put in the work needed to make change.

How do I know what level of care I need?

If you or a loved one are in crisis, you can get help right away by reaching out to a helpline through phone, text message, or online chat. A therapist is a good support when not in crisis. People can think they have to be “really bad off” to schedule a session. Nothing could be further than the truth. Therapy is an important self-care and growth practice. We encourage clients to meet with one of our therapists for a session and let us help you discern the level of care. This is part of what we’re trained to do.

If I come to therapy, do I have to relive all the painful memories of my past?

You can share what you want to share. When you talk with a trauma specialist, you begin building a relationship. The therapist is there to guide you. Once trust is established, it will be easier to share more difficult details of your trauma. Everyone recovers at their own pace. A therapist has the training to help you explore your memories or impressions of the past in a comfortable and healthy manner, and it’s their job to make you feel as safe as possible during individual trauma treatment.

Could I have PTSD?

PTSD, or post-traumatic stress disorder, is a condition that can develop in people that have experienced or witnessed something scary, terrifying, or dangerous. They may experience flashbacks, nightmares, and anxiety when reminded of the event. Trauma specialists help clients reprocess these memories so they no longer haunt them and also develop healthy coping mechanisms during flashbacks or panic attacks.

What if I already tried therapy and it didn’t work?

Not every therapist will work for everyone. There are also different approaches to therapy. Even in an ideal therapy situation, it can take time for symptoms to improve. Going to therapy and seeing no change may cause frustration. It may seem like a waste of time and money. Many people stop going to therapy as a result.

How do I schedule my first appointment?

Seeking treatment or support is a brave and courageous choice. We want to make it as easy and comfortable as possible. Our stress-free admissions process begins with a free confidential phone call to one of our experienced advisors. We will not make you discuss details of your trauma, but rather will seek to understand the struggles you are facing today as a result. Once scheduled for an appointment, you will meet with a therapist to make a plan to achieve those goals. Most insurance companies cover our program, so finances are not a barrier.  Call (210) 254-3618 for a free confidential assessment to find the right therapist for you.

If I enroll in an IOP program, do I have to attend all the sessions every week?

Yes, in order to see the results, you do have to put in the work, follow the structure of the program, and trust the process. If committed to yourself and the group will commit to the full program. Yes, it’s a lot of work for a little bit of time but it will yield benefits for a lifetime.

Can I do in-person and not virtual?

We offer in-person sessions at our San Antonio and New Braunfels locations. Virtual therapy is becoming more common and popular because it eliminates commuting and clients find that they often feel more vulnerable at home. Our therapists are prepared and use virtual sessions.

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