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The Most Common Questions People Have About Therapy, Answered

Questions about therapy

If you’re reading this, I’ll bet that at one time or another you’ve considered therapy. If you didn’t pursue it, what stopped you? What gave you pause? For most people there are one or more unanswered questions about how therapy works—possibly questions you’d feel uncomfortable asking in person. In today’s post I’m going to answer the most common questions that people have about therapy.

What happens in a therapy session?

In a therapy session, the therapist will typically begin by asking you to talk about what has been going on in your life and how you have been feeling. They may ask questions to help you better understand your thoughts and feelings and provide guidance and support to help you manage them.

Is therapy confidential?

Yes, therapy is confidential. This means that anything you discuss with your therapist will be kept private and will not be shared with anyone else without your permission. However, there are some exceptions to confidentiality, such as if the therapist believes you are a danger to yourself or others.

How does therapy work?

Therapy works by providing a safe and confidential space for individuals to talk about their thoughts, feelings, and experiences. The therapist will listen, ask questions, and provide guidance and support to help the individual better understand and manage their mental health concerns.

Who can benefit from therapy?

Therapy can benefit anyone who is struggling with their mental health. It can be helpful for individuals dealing with a specific mental health condition, as well as those who are experiencing general stress, anxiety, or other emotional difficulties.

Do I need to have a mental health diagnosis to go to therapy?

No, you do not need to have a mental health diagnosis to go to therapy. Therapy can be beneficial for anyone who is struggling with their mental health, regardless of whether they have a specific diagnosis.

How do I find a therapist in Grand Rapids?

There are several ways to find a therapist. You can ask for recommendations from your doctor, friends, or family members. You can also search online for therapists in Grand Rapids or use a therapist directory, such as Psychology Today or GoodTherapy. Finally, you can browse our therapists at the Truism Center, or take a quick quiz that will help narrow down your choices.


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How do I know if a therapist is right for me?

Finding the right therapist is crucial for a successful therapy experience. It is important to find a therapist who you feel comfortable talking to and who has experience and expertise in treating your specific concerns. You can schedule a consultation or initial session with a therapist to see if you feel like a good fit.

Online therapy vs. in-person therapy pros and cons?

Both online and in-person therapy work. It may be a little easier to connect with your therapist in person however, and that connection can be a big part of how therapy works. On the other hand if you are really struggling, online therapy can feel more approachable as you never have to leave your house.

How long does therapy last?

The length of therapy varies depending on the individual and their specific concerns. Some people may only need a few sessions, while others may benefit from long-term therapy. The therapist will work with you to determine the best treatment plan for your needs.

How often do I need to attend therapy?

The frequency of therapy sessions also varies depending on the individual and their needs. Some people may benefit from weekly sessions, while others may only need to attend every other week. The therapist will work with you to determine the best schedule for your treatment.

How much does therapy cost?

The cost of therapy varies depending on the therapist’s location, experience, and type of therapy. Some therapists may offer sliding scale fees or accept insurance, while others may charge a flat rate. It is important to discuss the cost with your therapist before beginning treatment.

Can I use insurance to pay for therapy?

Many insurance plans cover therapy, but it is important to check with your insurance provider to see what is covered and what your out-of-pocket costs may be. Some therapists may also offer a sliding scale fee or payment plans for those who do not have insurance coverage.  Learn more about what insurances are accepted at The Truism Center. Or call us at (616) 209-9295 and we’ll help you figure it out.

What are the different types of therapy?

There are many different types of therapy, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and humanistic therapy. Each type of therapy has its own approach and techniques, so it is important to discuss with your therapist which type may be best for you.

How do I know if therapy is working?

It can be difficult to determine if therapy is working, as progress may not always be linear. However, some signs that therapy is working include feeling more in control of your thoughts and emotions, improved relationships, and a decrease in symptoms of mental health conditions.


Therapy is a valuable form of treatment that can help individuals manage their mental health concerns and improve their overall well-being. By understanding the basics of therapy and addressing common questions and misconceptions, we hope to encourage more people to seek the help they need and deserve. If you are struggling with your mental health, consider reaching out to our team at the Truism Center to see how therapy can benefit you.

Robb Kornoelje is the owner of The Truism Center, a relationship enthusiast, and the creator of the “30-Day Relationship Challenge.” This 30-day email course offers gentle guidance to identify behaviors causing trouble, find ease with emotions, and enhance self-awareness. With a focus on stress-free communication, the challenge encourages a stronger connection with others, nurturing compassion, and fostering forgiveness. Join Robb on this journey to improve the fabric of your relationships—one day at a time.