Frequently asked questions about therapy

Does Therapy Really Help Anxiety?

When you’re dealing with daily, intense anxiety, the idea of taking action to address it through therapy can feel overwhelming. Anxiety is exhausting, and just the thought of the effort that might be involved with therapy can be enough to stall you into inactivity. If you’re going to make the
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How to Cope with the Challenges of Being a New Mom

Being a new mom can be a dream come true or an unexpected surprise for some, and an unexpected shock for other mothers. Wherever you fall on that spectrum, the challenges of new motherhood are often similar. This can be comforting in itself because you know millions, billions of other
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How to Set Boundaries

Boundaries. Just the word can evoke mixed feelings. You know you should have them, you feel guilty for wanting them, you don’t know how to set boundaries, and you struggle to maintain them. You’re normal. We don’t come born with boundaries and they’re not generally something that just magically appears
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What Is Anxiety?

Anxiety. Just reading the word can be enough to make some people anxious! In our crazy world, the number of individuals suffering from anxiety has skyrocketed in recent years.  In 2020 alone, global prevalence of anxiety and depression increased by 25%. But what exactly is anxiety? Anxiety is a feeling
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What Should I Expect From My First Therapy Session?

At Given Guidance Family Counseling in La Crescenta, California, we get asked this question a lot. Seeking help from a licensed mental health therapist can be an easy decision for some people, but for others it can lead to anxiety and nervousness. You may wonder: Will the therapist force me
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What Type Of Person Seeks Therapy?

People seek therapy for all kinds of reasons. A few of these include: Anxiety Depression Postpartum depression or anxiety Panic attacks Panic disorder ADHD Social anxiety Trauma Eating disorders Bipolar disorder Sexual health Grief/loss Divorce Parenting Life transitions Therapy has helped countless people improve the quality of life and regain
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What’s the difference between Selfish and Self-Care?

Is self-care selfish? How can you know the difference between Selfish and Self-Care? The mere fact that you’re thinking about this question says that you already care about other people and the effect your motives and actions can have on them. The difference between selfishness and self-care is actually much
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