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The Reality of Personal Growth & Progress in Therapy

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‘Progress in therapy’ and personal growth – two things that clients and therapists focus on, but can be easily misunderstood. In this blog, we’re stripping away the fluff and getting real about what therapy actually entails. It’s not a magic cure, nor a sign of weakness. It’s a journey of self-discovery, resilience, and sometimes, hard truths. S0, what makes therapy challenging and rewarding and how can we see personal growth as a journey instead of an end-goal? 

Misconceptions About Therapy Progress

Common Myths

Therapy is often misunderstood as a resource only for the broken or desperate. This couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s a tool for anyone seeking to better understand themselves and improve their life. It’s not about lying on a couch, spilling deep dark secrets – it’s an active, engaging process. Let’s bust these myths and set the record straight.

Bullshit Stigmas

Stigma around therapy is like an outdated, worn-out tape that keeps playing. It’s 2023, and the idea that therapy is only for the weak is archaic. Seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness. It’s about taking control of your life and mental health, not surrendering to them. Let’s throw this stigma out and embrace therapy for what it truly is – a tool for empowerment.

Hard Truths About Personal Growth Throughout Therapy

It's Not a Quick Fix

If you’re looking for instant solutions, therapy might disappoint you. It’s not a quick fix or a one-stop-shop for all life’s problems. Therapy is a journey that requires commitment, time, and patience. It involves peeling back layers of yourself, some of which you might not be ready to confront. But the journey, though long, is worth it.

Confronting Uncomfortable Realities

Therapy requires facing some uncomfortable truths about yourself. It’s about confronting behaviors, patterns, and thoughts that are often easier to ignore. This process can be challenging and even painful at times. But it’s through this discomfort that true growth and understanding emerge. It’s not easy, but it’s incredibly rewarding.

Your Therapist Is a Partner

A therapist is not a magician who will make all your problems disappear. They are more like a guide in the complex journey of your psyche. They provide tools, perspectives, and support, but the real work is yours to do. They can show you the path, but you’re the one who has to walk it. This partnership is crucial in navigating the terrain of personal growth.

Find the Right Fit

Finding the right therapist is crucial and can sometimes feel like a daunting task. It’s important to find someone you connect with, who challenges you and understands your unique journey. This might mean trying out a few therapists before finding the right match. Think of it as an investment in your journey towards personal growth.

Self-Discovery & Awareness

Therapy is a profound journey of self-discovery. Your Therapist helps you uncover the layers of your personality, understanding your deepest fears, and confronting your hidden truths. This process of self-awareness can be eye-opening, sometimes shocking, but always enlightening. It’s a path to understanding yourself in ways you never thought possible.



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Why Go To Therapy?

Improved Relationships

Therapy doesn’t just transform you; it transforms your relationships. With newfound self-awareness and communication skills, you can build healthier, more fulfilling relationships. You learn to set boundaries, express your needs, and understand others better. This can lead to deeper connections and more meaningful interactions with those around you.

Building Resilience & Coping Skills

One of the greatest benefits of therapy is the development of resilience and coping skills. You learn to handle life’s challenges with more grace and less panic. Therapy equips you with strategies to manage stress, anxiety, and other emotional hurdles. These skills don’t just help in the therapy room; they translate into every aspect of your life.

A Stronger, More Authentic Self

Perhaps the most significant reward of therapy is the emergence of a stronger, more authentic self. You become more aligned with your values, desires, and goals. This authenticity brings a sense of empowerment and confidence that permeates every aspect of your life. It’s about becoming the best version of yourself, unapologetically.

Expecting & Embracing Setbacks

The path of therapy is not linear. There will be setbacks, days when progress feels nonexistent. This is a normal part of the journey. It’s important to recognize these moments not as failures, but as integral parts of the growth process. Embracing these ups and downs is key to maintaining momentum in therapy.

Celebrating Progress

Every step forward, no matter how small, is a victory in therapy. Celebrating these moments of progress is crucial. It’s about acknowledging the hard work you’ve put in and the growth you’ve achieved. These celebrations foster a positive mindset and encourage continued effort and commitment to the journey.

Final Thoughts on Personal Growth & Progress in Therapy

The impact of therapy extends far beyond the sessions themselves. The insights gained, the skills learned, and the personal growth achieved have a lasting effect on your life. Therapy is not just about addressing current issues; it’s about equipping you with the tools to handle whatever life throws your way in the future.


Therapy and personal growth aren’t for the faint of heart. It’s a journey filled with hard truths, challenges, and immense rewards. It’s about getting real with yourself and embracing the journey, no matter how tough it gets. If you’re ready to take this path, know that it’s one of the most valuable investments you can make in yourself. Remember, it’s not about fixing what’s broken; it’s about discovering the strength and resilience that’s been inside you all along.

FAQ's About
Online Therapy at Mind by Design New Jersey

How do I get started as a new client?

Do you offer traditional talk therapy?

of course! though we have some unconventional therapy approaches, we are rooted in evidenced based practices. Talk therapy is a major player in the therapy room! See What we Treat and Integrative Services for more information

Does my insurance cover my visits?

Uur goal it to decrease stress and anxiety, so we understand that the financial commitment to therapy is something to consider! We provide OON billing for clients who decide to bill their insurance for services. A “Superbill” can be provided to you for potential reimbursement of services. To know if you have to OON benefits, you can call your insurance company and ask about the process of receiving these benefits. 

Our Insurance Page shares a small blurb about Why We Left Insurance Panels

What is the difference between associate therapists & fully licensed therapists?

See our “Affordable Therapy” Page for info on licensing and costs of therapy.

 LAC/LSW are therapists who may practice clinical work under the supervision of a fully licensed therapist.

LPC/LCSW are therapists who have completed the necessary clinical hours post-graduation under supervision and can practice clinical work independently.

What is your cancellation policy?

We ask that clients provide at least 24 hours notice in the event that they need to cancel to avoid the 50% cancellation fee. we understand that life happens and do our best to be flexible & reschedule.

What is Virtual Reality Therapy (VRT)?

VRT is an immersive tool that helps clients to explore environments that can not be traditionally explored in therapy. Visit our VR page for more info and to watch our infomercial 

What is VRT used for?

we use VRT to support Exposure Therapy, a long standing traditional therapy modality to treat phobias, anxiety and stress. we send a headset directly to your home so you can access VRT from anywhere.

VRT not only helps with exposure therapy for phobias, but is great for ADHD, mindfulness, PTSD and social anxiety.

How does the process work?

  • Fill out a consult request below or reach out to us directly.
  • our phone number is 609-300-6481, call or text
  • MBD will respond within 24 business hours
  • You will get access to the patient portal to complete the intake paperwork
  • Once the paperwork is submitted and reviewed we confirm your intake appointment
  • Prior to your intake, you will receive a link to access the telehealth session.

Do You Offer Free or Reduced Therapy?

Yes! We offer a sliding scale as well as reduced fee therapy for clients working with out graduate interns. To learn more visit: Reduced Fee Therapy