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What are some indications that it may be right time for you to see a psychotherapist?

When this condition causes significant disturbances which interfere with your daily functioning.

It is natural to have good days and bad days, but it is not natural to let these bad days stop you from living your life and succeeding.

 

Nothing you did seems to have helped.

Once you realize that something is wrong, start reading about possible ways that can bring about changes in your condition. Most likely, try to implement some of these ideas as well. But in the end these strategies or ways have done little or nothing to resolve the situation you are in.

 

 

Your friends (or family) are tired of hearing from you.

It is true that friends and family intend to be near us, but sometimes our "wailing" can become too much for their ears. Every day and more, the difficulty of finding a shoulder to lean on and cry over increases.

 

You start overdoing it or abusing something (or someone) in an attempt to alleviate your symptoms.

When things get tough, we feel uncomfortable with ourselves. Nobody likes this feeling, so they start looking for ways to "numb" the pain. Many people in this situation think of substances such as alcohol or drugs, but there are other things that can have the same effect, such as gambling, overeating and sleep deprivation, car racing, rampant shopping, exercise and more many sec must, etc.

 

 

People understand your situation and point it out to you.

Often we think we are hiding the situation well or remember that it is not so bad that one can understand that something is happening. Therefore, when someone approaches you and says something, it is probably time to consider professional help.

What if I am unsure about therapy?

If you are not sure about therapy, think about the following: You don’t need to make a commitment to a minimum number of sessions: Some patients find even a few therapy sessions useful and then go on working ontheir own. Consider therapy as an experiment: There is no way of your knowing in advance that cognitive behavior therapy will definitely help, but you should know it has helped numerous people with difficulties. Realize that there is no big risk: If it is not helpful enough, you may stop, but the potential benefit for change may be invaluable.

You don’t need to make a commitment to a minimum number of sessions: Some patients find even a few therapy sessions useful and then go on working on their own.

Consider therapy as an experiment:

There is no way of your knowing in advance that cognitive behavior therapy will definitely help, but you should know it has helped numerous people with difficulties.

Realize that there is no big risk:

If it is not helpful enough, you may stop, but the potential benefit for change may be invaluable.

Isn’t it better that I solve my own problems by myself?

A therapist won’t solve your problems for you. The therapist is there to help you clarify theproblems you have so that you can solve them yourself while having the therapist’s support,guidance, and expertise.

What will our first meeting involve?

The focus of the first appointment is for the psychologist to come to understand your concerns and explain important parts of the therapy process. You will have the opportunity to ask any questions that are unclear to you. The therapist will work with you to better understand your history, interests and concerns that brought you to us. He or she will also give you some symptom measuring tools to help you get more structured information. All information gathered will serve to set up a treatment plan for the upcoming sessions. The meeting will last 50 to 60 minutes.

How can I make the best use of therapy?

Therapy is a two-way process that works best when you and your therapist communicate openly. Research shows that the effectiveness of therapy is highest when the therapist and client agree at the beginning of therapy about the client’s main problems and goals and how therapy can help with thoseproblems, and then discuss progress in every session. Therapy works best when you attend all thesessions and spend time thinking about the topics you wish to discuss during a session. Another way is asking your therapist for psychoeducational materials in addition to therapysessions, which encourage working and exploring thoughts, feelings, and behaviors beyond therapy.

Another way is asking your therapist for psychoeducational materials in addition to the rapy sessions, which encourage working and exploring thoughts, feelings, and behaviors beyond therapy.

How will I know if therapy is working?

Many clients notice a decrease in their symptoms within a few weeks of therapy, or even sooner, if they have been actively attending sessions and doing the suggested assignmentsbetween sessions on a daily basis.

 

CBT therapists monitor progress each week by:

  • Evaluating clients’ symptoms;
  • Measuring the occurrence of specific target behaviors;
  • Assessing progress toward specific goals.

 

Clients may ask themselves:

  • How is my mood throughout the week (not just at the end of sessions)? Is it at least gradually improving (albeit with ups and downs)?
  • Are my specific symptoms or problematic behaviors improving?
  • Am I solving problems and working toward my goals?

How can I set up an appointment?

You can schedule an appointment by applying online , by calling us at (+355) 69 299 4973 or by visiting our clinic on “Abdyl Frashëri” Street, Tirana.

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