Therapy can have benefits and risks. As with most other forms of treatments, results cannot be guaranteed.
Participation in therapy can result in a number of benefits to you.
You may experience increased insight into your patterns of feeling, thinking, behaving and relating to others; improvement in your relationships; resolution of any symptoms that brought you to therapy; and insights, lessons, or techniques that will ameliorate current and future life challenges.
Benefits to therapy require openness on your part.
When information about your feelings, thoughts, behaviors, relationships, or other difficulties are withheld, it is not possible for the therapist to help you with them or to help you understand how they may be related (or not) to the issue for which you are seeking treatment.
Benefits also require consistent attendance in therapy and work both in and outside of therapy sessions.
Therapy involves talking about experiences in your life that may cause you to feel difficult emotions. The goal is to work through, rather than get stuck in, difficult emotions or thoughts.
During the process, you may experience painful thoughts or emotions (e.g., anger, hurt, frustration, or confusion).
Some people notice an immediate sense of relief when they share their pain with someone else. Others may notice that their symptoms get worse, before they begin to get better. In either case, it’s important to share your reactions to this online therapy.
It is important to talk to your therapist about these reactions to therapy when they come up. They may be a natural, tolerable, and expected reaction to your work in therapy.
Other times it may be necessary or preferable to change the pace of your therapeutic work if the feelings are too uncomfortable. Or, if you find the sessions are not helping, it is important to talk about other options.