Information About Counseling And Psychotherapy
Revised: May 21, 2014
There is some general information you should be
aware of when you seek counseling or psychotherapy.
Counseling and therapy can be helpful for most
situations involving psychological, emotional, relationship, parenting, family and
There is significant risk of harm to your health,
well being, reputation, personal freedom and future if you participate in psychotherapy or
counseling with an unlicensed unsupervised person.
Most problems require a minimum of 3 to 6 months of
counseling or psychotherapy to produce a lasting benefit. Very few problems or conditions
require more than 1 year. In most cases, psychotherapy is self-limiting for most
major disorders and problems. However, many people will continue therapy or
counseling for personal growth, relapse prevention and for support for more than a year.
Medications for emotional and psychological problems
should be avoided unless (a) they are medically necessary, (b) there is no other
acceptable alternative, and (c) the risk of taking (or not taking) medications is fully
access to health care
compensation associated with a disability, injury or
compensation for unlawful employment practices
certain types of employment
proper medical care