Therapy can provide a supportive, safe, andchallenging environment where you can develop tools for change. By exploring feelings, thoughts, or long-standing patterns, you can gain a greater understanding
of howto relieve distress or change problem behaviors. A variety of approaches can be used,
ranging from here-and-now, cognitive-behavioral techniques, to more in-depth exploration of past family patterns and how they relate to current problems. An excellent overview of the benefits of
psychotherapy is available from the American Psychological Association.
While not a substitute for communicating with family and friends, therapy provides a unique opportunity for exploring concerns in greater depth
and for receiving useful, direct feedback. Whether you need a brief, supportive approach to address a recent life stressor, or want to resolve a long-standing conflict, therapy can
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