TherapyNetwork.com is being build to become the world wide leading resource on the Internet for all services related to Psychology, Psychiatry and family and child services. The directory is being built to list Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT), Licenses Clinical Social Workers (LCSW), drug treatment centers, alcohol treatment centers, locations of 12 step meetings and more.
One objective will be to help the consumer properly select the right therapist for the job. This can be complicated as the degree of education, experience and psychological paradigm can have a great effect on your perceived success or failure with a psychological practitioner.
For example, would you expect to get better help from a Psychologist with a Ph.D. who has practiced for 1 year versus an MFT who has practiced marriage and family therapy for 20 years? Once therapist may be trained with a cognitive approach (looking for reasons and explanations to help guide you) while another therapist has a behavior approach (follow these steps, reward for good behavior; punishment for unwanted behavior). This is over simplified but the point is made. There are vast differences in experience, education and approach to therapy.
What makes this more challenging is that by the time you desire to enter therapy, consumers are often at their weakest point. It is not easy to make a skillful educated decision on the type of therapist, cost of each, etc. Adding more to the confusion are “life coaches” charging as much as a therapist but have no degree, certification or license. It is possible to get help from there individuals, but this site does not support or recommend anyone who is an unlicensed practitioner in working with your Psychological needs. There is no higher authority to complain to and no threat of loosing a license if they make very serious mistakes.
TherapyNetwork.com will also include a helpful selection tool and the proper questions to ask a therapist before you make your selection. The goal here is to help the consumer ask the right questions and make a good selection, especially when your defenses are down. It is more than seeing a smiling face on a website or a soft tone over the phone. This does not guarantee a good outcome; nothing can guarantee this.
This site will also make a directory to support 12 step programs of every kind as a general resource. It will also include a comprehensive list of drug and alcohol treatment centers. Drug and alcohol abuse is typically a symptom of a larger psychological concern. TherapyNetwork.com will support the pros and cons of the treatment industry and help direct your decision on where you may be investing between $25,000 to $100,000 a month on treatment services. This will include the proper questions to ask and to help navigate this very difficult choice.
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Sometimes you need to talk to someone, someone who can help... When you feel like you can't do it alone... When you feel trapped, like there's nowhere to turn... When you worry all the time, and never seem to find the answers... When the way you feel is affecting your sleep, your eating habits, your job, your relationships, your everyday life... When even the advice offered by family or well-meaning friends doesn't really help you feel any better.
Recognizing the need for professional help is a good first step towards improvement. Therapy can be of real benefit, providing help for a wide range of problems such as depression, loss, marital strife, parent-child concerns, or emotional distress. It can also help fulfill aspirations for personal growth or self-improvement. Therapy has one clear and definite purpose: that something of positive value and constructive usefulness will come out of it for you.
Some of the most common reasons for seeking help from therapy include:
From time to time, everyone experiences emotional pain. But sometimes the distress is particularly severe or long-lasting and interferes with your ability to function in your daily life. If you are experiencing sadness, grief, or anxiety that is persistent, therapy can help relieve the symptoms, address the underlying causes for your distress, and provide you with help in restoring emotional well-being.
Therapy can help you overcome obstacles that have kept you from reaching your goals and becoming the person you want to be. Although you might not have a clinical condition or symptoms, therapy can help you learn more about yourself, as well as others, and how you can live your life with deeper personal satisfaction.
Your distress may be coming from difficulties in your relationship with a spouse, parent, child, co-worker or significant other. Therapy can be valuable in helping you understand the root of the problem and providing you with the understanding and skills you need to improve the relationship.
Sometimes emotional distress or relationship problems are associated with coping mechanisms, such as excessive shyness, weak communication, lack of assertiveness, or poor anger control. Therapy can enable you to acquire or strengthen skills that can benefit many of the most important areas of your life.
Experiencing a break from someone who is important to you (through death or separation)can result in great emotional pain. Therapy can be significantly helpful in coping with the loss.
Trauma, Violence or Abuse
Victims of trauma, violence or abuse can feel so overwhelmed by feelings of fear, anger, or helplessness that their ability to function effectively is significantly impaired. Therapy can help provide a safe, confidential setting in which to discuss your victimization issues with a caring, supportive person and find ways to move forward with your life.
While they can be embarrassing to talk about, sexual dissatisfaction and sexual dysfunction are very common problems. There are therapists who are particularly experienced at helping with understanding and overcoming issues that may be impairing sexual functioning.
Clinical Disorder or Condition
Those who have certain disorders or conditions can benefit from an overall treatment plan which includes therapy and another form of treatment, such as medication. For instance, research shows that individuals with conditions such as ADHD, eating disorders, major depression or anxiety disorders benefit significantly more from a combination of therapy and medication than just medication alone.