Frequently asked questions

1. Does psychotherapy involve physical touch?

The use of physical touch may vary from session to session or therapist to therapist. Usually a therapist may pat or touch you as a sign of support or comfort. Excessive touching is usually not done in therapy. All the expert and trained psychotherapists are ethical and do not exploit their patients in any way. If you find inappropriate behaviour, you should discontinue the therapy and report the issue.

2. Is therapy better than taking medication?

Both therapy and medication have shown effective results according to research. The best type of treatment for you depends on the nature of the problem, you are facing. Research also suggests that for many severe problems medication along with psychotherapy through good psychologists in Chennai is the best approach.

3. Can I switch therapists, if I am not happy with the services offered by my current one?

Therapists are professional practitioners, who have the best interests of their patients at heart. A therapist should always look for your comfort, and should be okay with your decision to change. However, discuss this need for change with your therapist and seek advice.

4. Who is better, male or female therapist?

Many people often wonder if they would be more comfortable with a male or female therapist. Research does not show any connection between the gender of the therapist and the treatment given. However, if the nature of your problem makes you comfortable talking to a particular gender of therapist, then you should act upon your preference. For example, a woman who wants to discuss sexual matters may feel more comfortable talking to a woman therapist.

5. Should therapists and clients have a relationship outside of therapy?

Therapists know a lot about the personal details of a client, and thus a relationship outside of therapy is not advisable. The therapist knows all the intimate details about the client, but the client does not have so much of information about the therapist. Hence a relationship between these two might result in deception or abuse.