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Therapy is a way to get help with a problem. If you go to therapy, you’ll have meetings with a therapist to talk.
The therapist will ask questions and listen to you. This helps the therapist know what you need. Going to therapy helps people learn to cope better, communicate better, and do better.
Your parent or doctor might suggest you go to a therapist if you’re dealing with a problem. Or it might be your idea — you might be the one to ask your parent or doctor to find a therapist to talk with.
Therapists are trained to help people with all kinds of problems.
Therapists help people going through tough times like:
They help people with painful feelings like:
They help people with conditions like:
People need therapy when they have problems they can’t cope with alone. Therapy helps people talk about their feelings. It helps them work through problems and learn new skills. When they do this, they start to communicate better and do better.
People need therapy for different reasons. Some people need to ease depression or anxiety. Others need it to improve their attention, learning, and focus. Some people need help with anxiety, worry, or fear. Everyone deserves help to deal with problems.
In therapy, people learn by talking and doing. A therapist will share activities and ideas to build the skills a person needs. People learn ways to solve their problems.
Therapy builds helpful thoughts and encourages healthy behaviors. Therapists help people feel encouraged as they learn. They help people see the good in themselves and find their strengths.
At first, your therapist will talk with you, ask questions, and listen to learn more about you. This helps your therapist understand the problem. Together you will make goals for what you want help with.
In therapy sessions, you might:
How long therapy lasts depends on your goals. Most of the time, a therapist will want to meet with you once a week for a few months.
If you’re going to a therapist, here are ways to build on the work you will do:
If you need mental health care but don’t think you can afford it, you’re not alone. Get tips on finding low-cost or free mental health care in this article for teens.
School counselors can give you all sorts of tips and support on solving problems and making good decisions. But how do you meet with a counselor and what is it like? Find out here.
Depression is very common. For more information about depression and feeling better, check out this article.
Anxiety is a natural part of life, and most of us experience it from time to time. But for some people, anxiety can be extreme.
Bipolar disorders are one of several medical conditions called depressive disorders that affect the way a person’s brain functions. Find out more about bipolar disorder.
We all feel overwhelmed by difficult emotions or situations sometimes. Here are the warning signs of suicide and ways to get help.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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