How can therapy help me?
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
- Developing skills for improving your relationships
- Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
- Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
- Improving communications and listening skills
- Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
- Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.
Why do people go to therapy and how do I know if it is right for me?
Nature of Counseling
Psychotherapy is a process where mental health distresses and disorders are assessed, evaluated and treated. While it may not be easy to seek help from a mental health professional, it is hoped that you will be better able to understand your situation and feelings and move toward resolving your difficulties. There are various techniques that can be used to address the issues you brought to therapy. I will use my knowledge of human development and behavior to make observations about situations as well as suggestions for new ways to approach them. I use an integrative counseling approach that includes person-centered, solution-focused and cognitive behavior theory and techniques among others. It is important for you to explore your own feelings and thoughts and the try new approaches in order for change to occur. I expect that clients will be engaged and cooperative in the therapy process while realizing that they have a choice in the treatment plan. The client should be prepared to work with me to develop and adjust treatment outcomes throughout the therapy process in order for them to receive the most benefit for their investment in treatment.
People have many different motivations for coming to psychotherapy. Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well. Some people need assistance managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks. Therapy can help provide some much needed encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods. Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life. In short, people seeking psychotherapy are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes in their lives.
Therapy is the Greek word for change. You may learn things about yourself that you don’t like. Often growth cannot occur until you experience and confront issues that induce you to feel sadness, sorrow, anxiety or pain. The success of our work together depends on the quality of the efforts on both our parts and the realization that you are responsible for lifestyle choices/ changes that may result from therapy. Specifically, one risk of marital therapy is the possibility of exercising the divorce option. At any time, you may initiate a discussion of possible positive or negative effects of entering, not entering, continuing, or discontinuing counseling. While benefits are expected from counseling, specific results are not guaranteed.Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).