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Your Guide to Starting Your Therapy Journey

Starting therapy can be difficult, especially because it requires you to open yourself up and be vulnerable in a way you have never been before. That is why we have created this helpful article on starting your therapy journey and how we can help you with many mental health problems plaguing you.

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How Therapy Can Help You

Therapy can help you in many different ways. Some of the most common benefits are working through past trauma, developing healthy coping methods, learning to manage anxiety and depression, and many more. While you may not think that therapy is for you, there is a good chance that you would benefit from it.

You Are Your Own Best Advocate

Therapists help facilitate your healing, but you do not have to go any further than you want. When undergoing therapy and starting your therapy journey, it is important to remember that you are your own best advocate. Nobody knows you better than yourself, so it is up to you to decide what you share or what you don’t.

Decide What Type of Therapist You Want

Every therapist has a different set of skills and specializations, so when you are looking to begin your therapy journey, it is essential to look around for the perfect therapist you need. If you suffer from anxiety and gender dysphoria, you do not want a therapist who focuses on depression and PTSD.

Set up meetings with several therapists to see if you work well with them. Remember, you are looking for someone to help you on your healing journey, so you want the best possible help for your personal needs.

Consider the Cost of Therapy

While it is a sad truth, therapy can often be expensive and may be out of the pay range for many people needing mental health help. If you have insurance, look at in-network therapists. While your options may be limited, it is a good starting ground as you may find the perfect therapist for your needs.

Many therapists offer a sliding-scale system if you are uninsured or have to go to an out-of-network therapist. Sliding-scale systems calculate the cost of your therapy based on your income and the amount you can afford versus a set price.

How Often Do I Need to Go to Therapy?

When starting your therapy journey, a common question is how long it will take and how often you need to visit your therapist. There is no "one-size-fits-all" solution for everyone, and it will depend entirely on your needs.

You could visit a therapist once a week for six months and be good. Or you may have to do three visits a week for years. It all depends on the problems you are working through and what you want to get out of it.

Find the Right Therapist for You

Starting a personal therapy journey can be scary, but the process will go much smoother if you put in the time to find the right therapist. Here at San Antonio Authentic Counseling, we have certified therapists who specialize in many mental health problems and are ready to help you. Contact us when you are ready to get started.

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