What can therapy do for me?

The short answer is lots. The cruelest time of life is adolescence, and a lot of adults forget what it was like. Stuff happens at home, at school, at work, at practice, or at parties that is either way too hard to explain to adults without getting in trouble, or is way to embarrassing to talk to anyone else about without it showing up on Facebook the next day. Your family doesn’t understand your relationship problems, your friends don’t understand your family problems, and you often feel alone and afraid trying to sort it all out on your own.

The thing is, therapy can be the answer. A therapist is an adult you can tell everything to without getting in trouble for talking about it. You can talk about anything you want--guys, girls, school, drugs, family, sex, work, money, ANYTHING--and you won’t have to worry about getting lectured or getting laughed at. You can cry, talk, yell, draw, play games, even just sit there. There really aren’t any rules about therapy--just show up.

Once you trust your therapist enough to spill your guts about that thing that’s been bothering you, you might find that you feel better after talking about it. Your therapist can help you figure out the name of the feeling, why you’re feeling that way, and can sometimes give you ideas for how to feel better.

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