How does therapy help?
Therapy helps you with your personal problems, marital issues, or conflicts within a family by allowing a professional to look at those problems with a neutral, objective, unbiased, open and non-judgmental perspective. In therapy, for most people, this itself is a good experience. Beyond this experience, a professional counselor who understands human psychology and how the human mind generally functions can guide you away from negative thoughts that cause mental problems in you or in your relationships to positive, and healthy patterns of life. Everyone needs emotional support. A therapist can understand your need and guide you to the right path. When there is a good therapeutic relationship between you and the therapist, you experience nothing but positive results. You learn healthy relationship skills; better understanding of you and your environment; your mind set and feelings; how to handle your emotions such as anxiety, fear, stress, frustration, or worthlessness; problem solving skills; how to improve low-self esteem; and improve healthy behaviors in the society.

What happens in a therapy session?
Every person is unique and she or he has unique experience in therapy. You have different strengths and weaknesses, needs and preferences, skills and talents, family history and background. Generally, you can expect to discuss with your professional what has been going on in your life in each session along with your experiences in life. During the first few weeks of therapy, you and your therapist will build up a good rapport and your therapist will gather a lot of data from you to get to know you and your background well. Except for beginning to establish a good professional relationship with your therapist who now begins to understand you better than anyone, you may not notice major improvement in you. Therapy is a process and it needs time. What you lived with for years cannot be undone in an hour or more than an hour. There is always hope instilled in you; you are being appreciated. But, you will have to also face sometimes uncomfortable matters for discussion, to get them out of you forever. Slowly, you build up confidence and progress in your thinking and life overall. In therapy, you are a participant and not a passive listener. What you learn in therapy, you learn to practice in real life and thus you change to who you want to be. You go through psychotherapy and you make positive change in your life, and develop a new perspective. It is an experience that you will not get anywhere except in therapy with your therapist at ACIDD.

Please take time to explore Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on this web site for other therapy-related answers. Feel free to email us with your questions.