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What Is Therapy? Individual therapy is the building of a cooperative relationship between a patient and a therapist aimed at partnering with the patient to help them grow, learn, and heal. It involves people sitting down and having a collaborative conversation to help someone make the changes they want to see in their life.

Who Is Therapy For at PPGWNI?
People with depression, anxiety, stress, moms, dads, teens, men, women, trans individuals, non-binary folks, people struggling with substance use, readers, musicians, gay, straight, bi, pan, lesbian, queer, demi individuals, lots of problems, or just a few issues. Therapy is for everyone. Therapy is health care.

How Can It Help Me?
Therapy helps people learn and implement skills to improve the way they deal with everyday life. This looks different for each person and what they’re working toward. Therapy helps create a safe space to share, learn, and grow, and to cultivate the courage to start using those skills in life. Therapy is one small part of the process. The more people practice and put into place the skills they have learned in their session, the more results they will see. This is about helping you to help yourself.

Misconceptions About Therapy:
Therapy doesn’t “fix” you; you aren’t broken! It helps you to find healthier ways to cope with your problems and build the skills that will make it easier for you to handle the natural ups and downs in life.

Therapy isn’t magic. Progress happens gradually. You get out of it what you put into it, and the more work you do on yourself outside of the sessions, the more you’ll grow and heal.

Therapists don’t simply listen or give advice. Therapy is a dynamic and collaborative process where the therapist and the patient work together.

Therapy isn’t just for people with problems or people who have money. It isn’t something that only “weak” people use. Therapy is challenging and takes great strength and courage to follow through with. Anyone can benefit from therapy. It’s a great way to learn more about yourself and build the skills that will help you navigate your life.

PPGWNI offers services to individuals 13+ without a signature of consent from a parent or guardian. Patients 14+ are protected by confidentiality which means what you share stays in the room — your business stays safe with us.*

*Limits to confidentiality include disclosing child abuse, elder abuse, intent to commit suicide, or commit homicide.

Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho (PPGWNI) offers affordable therapy to those who could benefit from talking with a professional therapist. At PPGWNI, we call this program C.A.R.E. because it is built on the following principles:

Connect: Building relationships with the people and organizations in our community.

Access: Reducing barriers, so services are low cost and easy to obtain.

Resilience: Helping people connect with their internal strength to move from surviving to thriving.

Empower: Working with people to feel healthy, confident, and secure so that they are better able to overcome challenges in life and advocate for themselves.