Friends are Free: Why Pay a Therapist

some things you don't share with friends

Having someone listen and respond in time of trouble can be helpful. Many of us just need to bounce ideas of someone, or search the internet for helpful suggestions. Still it is helpful to consider some of the benefits of seeing a therapist.
A professional mental health worker, (one who is trained, certified, and licensed), offers sound effective, and systematic treatment based on a deep understanding of the nature of relational, emotional, psychological, neurological, and behavioral difficulties. They are bound by ethical and legal guidelines to protect those they treat from harm, and to assure that they are administering treatment within their areas of specialty and training. Additionally, as professionals the relationship is defined, (the client and the therapist agree on treatment, in exchange for an agreed upon fee). Confidentiality assures that clients can be free to explore and talk about things that they may never share with anyone else.depression, anxiety, relationship,  problems are complex


Quick list:

Friends Professionals
Are familiar with you, and know alot about you Are familiar with the nature of problems and struggles, help you to exploe and know yourself
Have a give and take relationship, and there is risk of burdening them Have a collaborative and professional relationship, the parameters are clear
they may be encouraging, and naturally responsive They are empowering and, deliberately responsive
Offer sensible advice Help discover possibilities, and find answers,
Use hopeful suggestions Use known effective interventions, and a treatment plan
Are careful of feelings, possibly withholding of difficult truth Challenging and truthful
Analyze using personal opinions conceptualize based on individual’s uniqueness
Analyze using personal experiences help individuals tell there story and explore their experiences, root out causes
Confidentiality based on trust, risky Confidentiality based on ethical and legal mandates
Possibility of being judged, criticized, seen as week, needing to change, tough it out, or dismissed client is met where they are, therapist acknowleges and reinforces strengths, helps them identify areas they wish to change or strengthen
Relationship may include same friends, family, associations, Relationship does not extend beyond therapy room



In my next article I will talk about some of the misunderstandings about therapy.














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Ramona Taylor, M.A. LMFT a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (LMFT97652)


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embrace 1Many people are surprised to find that they begin to notice positive changes from the moment they make their appointment. As a Marriage & Family Therapist registered intern, I pull from a wide range of treatment modalities to create a treatment plan that will benefit each individual client. As former teacher I carry with me the desire to teach myself out of a job. So, along with effective individualized treatment, I make it my goal to teach clients to use what they learn in session, where it counts: in their everyday lives.   I see couples, families, children, young adults and teens. I have varied hours of availability, including late afternoons, early mornings at The Inland Integrated Wellness Center. Our office is located in the historic district of Corona about 1 mile South of the 91FWY :
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