Therapy does not make one dependent, nor does a psychotherapist typically “problem solve
People suffering from a wide range of psychological and emotional issues can be helped. Psychotherapy can work for any issues such as career transitions, divorce, relationship breakups, sexuality etc. People with quite clear-cut symptoms such as phobias, obsessions, compulsions or panic attacks often find much relief in behavioural approaches that target the specific symptom
In the first session we will do several things. Most importantly, you will tell me why you are here and what you hope to get from your experience in therapy. I will begin to get background information that is relevant to your concerns. Additionally, we will complete some introductory paperwork. We will also go over the rules and laws governing therapy and review my policies and procedures.
My theoretical orientation is humanistic, psychodynamic and Cognitive behavioral. Depending on client needs, I structure sessions. I also include bodywork- mediation, movement relaxation. Depending on clients, I include art therapy, especially with teens and trauma survivors. Some dream work is included.
Individual sessions lasting an hour once a week or more, depending on client needs. Sessions for adolescents are offered for 45 minutes once or twice a week.
I work with individuals of different backgrounds and sexual orientation. Life transitions, trauma, career, relationships, post partum depression, mood disorders like bipolar, depression anxiety, personality disorders and adolescent issues. Some examples of where I can help you:
Life Transitions- New jobs, family, re-marriage, birth of a child, move to a new career, city etc.
Relationship Difficulties and Divorce Adjustment
Working with Members of the Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Communities
Women’s Mental Health- pregnancy, infertility, conceptions problems, problem with family of origin, martial distress etc.
Adult Survivors of Childhood Abuse (Physical/Sexual/Emotional)
Domestic Violence Rape and Sexual Assault
Physical Assault, Mugging, Violent Crime
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Psychological Effects of Traumatic Experiences
Anxiety Panic Disorder
Generalized Anxiety Disorder Phobias and Fears
This is not a comprehensive list of life issues that I work with. After the initial session, I decide along with the client if we are compatible and if I feel I can undertake the healing journey with you.
Psychotherapy records contain any questionnaires you have completed and returned, any letters you send and copies of any letters sent to you. There will also be a summary of your assessment and documentation of any contact with other professionals whom you‘ve given me written consent to communicate with. Notes from the process of your treatment, including your attendance and content of the sessions, are also kept. If there are details you do not wish to have recorded in your file, please discuss this with me.
The training of a psychotherapist includes the psycho diagnosis and treatment of emotional or mental disorders and helping people through life difficulties like divorces, deaths, career, teen issues etc. A psychiatrist’s medical training qualifies him to prescribe medications and to administer electroshock treatment. A psychiatrist is not trained at all in many the fields of psychology, such as learning theory, developmental psychology, social psychology, clinical psychology, abnormal psychology, psycho diagnostic testing and research.
Therapy consists of a series of techniques for improving emotional/psychological health. Psychotherapy helps the client understand what helps them feel positive or anxious, as well as accepting their strong and weak points. If people can identify their feelings and ways of thinking they become better at coping with difficult situations. According to Medilexicon’s medical dictionary, psychotherapy is
Be yourself and show up for sessions.
At one time, the “nature vs. nurture
A therapeutic relationship is a deep bond that develops between therapist and client. One shares intimate details of ones life with the therapist and I believe it is essential for both individuals to feel that the healing journey is with someone they feel they can work with. I spend an initial session of an hour- hour and half getting your history and discussing how you feel working with me. After this session, you can decide whether you feel I am the best person to help you with your healing.
Continuity in therapy is important, and time away is better planned in advance with this in mind. Of course, I understand that sometimes circumstances may prevent you from coming to your session, and I require 24 hours notice for a cancellation without charge. Occasionally, I may need to cancel sessions. I will give you plenty of notice of any absences I intend to take. Any feelings stirred up by breaks in your therapy are an important part of the process, and I encourage you to discuss them with me.
Individuals often wonder if they would do better with a male or female therapist. Research on therapist traits and therapy outcome has failed to identify any relationship between the two. Factors such as warmth and empathy are much more related to outcome than therapist gender. However, the nature of your particular problem as well as your own preferences may lead you to seek out a male or female therapist. For example, a woman who was sexually abused by a man, may feel more comfortable working with a woman therapist.
As your therapist, she cannot and will not tell anyone else what you have discussed or even that you are in therapy without your permission. You have the right to confidentiality of your therapy. You, on the other hand, may request that information is shared with whomever you choose. She shall sign a confidentiality agreement with each client.
No. no one can read anyones mind. Therapists work as catalysts who help you reach a higher level of functioning and support you in your healing journey. They can’t read minds and they only know what you tell them. Therefore, the basis of all therapy is client disclosure. I can’t read your mind if you are sitting in front of me without talking. The more open you are, the more therapy will benefit you.
Mental illness is the same as physical illness- it requires management and help. Many people report reduction in symptoms through psychotherapy, but both medication management and psychotherapy work in conjunction to help you.
This depends. Unlike other health conditions, where there is one procedure that can be done to you to fix your problems. Psychotherapy is a collaborative process between you and your therapist. The initial consultation should help you to get a feel if this is the right person with whom to work. Over the first few months, one should not ask the question, “Am I fixed?
Each session lasts for 50 minutes.
There is no one way to find the right psychotherapist. The most common method is word of mouth. Friends, family, clergy, or other trusted individuals often are the best referral source because they know you and/or the therapist personally. While there is much research about the best type of therapy, the most consistent finding is this: the relationship between therapist and client is the most important factor in determining outcome. Finding someone that you can trust, feel will be hopeful, and have hope in you is the best criteria to use. It is encouraged that you phone a potential psychotherapist. Ask your questions and see if he/she is the right fit for you. It is also important to ask if he/she can work with the particular problem that you want addressed, e.g., couples therapy, coping with depression, etc. I welcome such phone calls in my practice.
A great deal of research has been done in the last few years to demonstrate that psychotherapy is effective. However, it only works as a catalyst with the person undergoing treatment. This means that in order to be effective, the “work
Regardless of how you were referred, psychotherapy aims to treat people who are having difficulties functioning at home, at work, at school or in relationships. This could be the result of a serious mental illness, or a lack of skill in positive thinking, emotion regulation and behavior modification. The aim in psychotherapy is to look more deeply into the emotions, conflicts and distress behind these difficulties.
It is always possible to leave therapy, though the pressure to remain may seem stressful at times. Some people have to have several “goes
No. Therapy is a one-way street. The therapist knows a great deal about the client but the client does not know intimate details about the therapist. This does not mean that one cannot have any contact with the therapist outside of the therapy situation. This is especially true in small towns where social contact may be inevitable. However, it is generally not a good idea to seek therapy from someone you know personally or with whom you may have another relationship (e.g., business interest, friendship). In fact, the ethics of most professions prohibit their members from engaging in these types of relationships.
During psychotherapy there may be spells of being in touch with painful emotions, sometimes for the first time, which may temporarily lead to feeling worse. This is part of the process of facing, and learning to live with, one’s feelings. The process of psychotherapy can make people question the way they live their lives and make relationships. It is important that people try not to make major life decisions whilst they are in such upheaval, because the decisions may be impulsive, before the underlying issues have been understood.
Sometimes, however, important decisions have to be made, and therapy should then provide a place for reflection and considering the options. On occasions, a person drops out of therapy, feeling disappointed or angry with their therapist. As with any relationship, the reasons for this may be simple or complex – and there may be great benefit, even if the relationship ends, from understanding what went wrong, and why. Ideally this understanding can be worked out in collaboration with the therapist.
If a therapy does break down, sometimes the person will later come back to treatment with someone else, to tackle problems that were not able to be dealt with the first time round. Risks are minimised by skilful assessment of suitability for psychotherapy and by the availability of experienced and properly qualified psychotherapists.