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WHAT'S THE DSM?

What’s the DSM? The DSM is the Diagnostic And Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders published by the American Psychiatric Association. This book is used by licensed clinicians - psychiatrists, psychotherapists, and social workers to diagnose mental health disorders like anxiety, depression, ADHD, grief, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder among many others. For each included disorder, individuals must meet a certain number of diagnostic criteria and or specifiers in order for the diagnosis to be given. Diagnoses are written in number form like 309.81 like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. These numbers help clinicians communicate quickly and easily about diagnosis when working as part of a treatment team.  If you have recently received a new diagnosis  or have questions about your diagnosis, ask...

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WHAT'S CONFIDENTIALITY?

What’s confidentiality? Confidentiality is part of the ethical guidelines of being a psychotherapist. When you start therapy, your therapist will ask you to sign a confidentiality agreement. Usually this asks you to agree to the basic boundaries of confidentiality. Everything you share with your therapist is confidential and stays between the two of you. In fact, the basic fact that you are in therapy is also confidential between you and your therapist.  Your therapist will only break confidentiality if they believe that you are an imminent and violent threat to yourself or others. If you are under 18 this may involve telling your parents. At any time during therapy, you may give your therapist permission to share your progress with...

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HOW DO I TELL MY PARENTS I WANT TO GO TO THERAPY?

How do I tell my parents I want to go into therapy? Mom, Dad, I want to go to therapy. It would be great if it was that easy. And for some of you it will be. If you want to go to therapy but fear telling your parents, or you fear retaliation from your parents, start with school. Most schools have their own counseling services or have access to a community mental health clinic just for students. Most of the time - depending upon your individual situation, therapists will need permission from your parent or guardian for you to enter therapy. This is not a worry, Therapists are seasoned at having these conversations with parents. It is their responsibility...

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DO I HAVE TO TELL PEOPLE I'M IN THERAPY

Do I have to tell people I’m in therapy? No. Not if you don’t want to. But it’s nothing to be embarrassed about, in fact going to therapy means you are taking the time to work on yourself and this not only benefits you, but those around you too. 

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WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO START THERAPY?

When is the best time to start therapy? You do not have to be stressed, burnt out, depressed, anxious, exhausted, or  in crisis to be worthy of going to therapy! The best time to start is now! Starting therapy before you are having difficult to manage feelings is like putting gas in your car before you are running on empty. If you work on getting to know yourself now, you’ll have more tools to help you get through the hard stuff. 

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