FAQs: What Happens In Therapy?
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People have many different reasons for coming to psychotherapy. Some may be having difficulty handling a major life transition (e.g., becoming a mother, battling an illness, experiencing job stress). Some may want help in dealing with issues they’ve experienced to some degree throughout their lives (e.g., low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, eating issues, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts, creative blocks). And some may be at a point in their lives when they wish to learn more about themselves in order to be more effective in their life goals, or to discover their sense of purpose or meaning.
The process of psychotherapy is different for each individual. But a commonality is that the therapeutic process is a journey toward increased awareness, insight, and a better quality of life. In my view, it is also a process of self-discovery: of one’s potentials, strengths, and innate ability to heal. Whatever you and I may do session-to-session, our ultimate goal is to foster growth and change, leading to you feeling more comfortable and productive in your life. Please see Client Information to learn more about approaches to therapy and how we will collaborate in deciding which one will be right for you.
Therapy can be short-term or long-term, depending on the reason for coming to therapy. Therapy can address a very specific problem or it can address long standing issue or a client’s desire for personal and professional development. This is something we can address together in our initial meetings.
That depends on your reason for coming to therapy. Some clients come every week, and others come less frequently. Very occasionally, some clients come twice in a week if they have had a particular issue such as a break-up or some other reason they need extra support that week. We want you to come as often, or as rarely, as is best for your situation!
As a clinical psychologist, I have been trained in the study of human nature. This matters, because every couple has both interpersonal issues as well as problems that are unique to each individual in the couple. To really be of assistance, we must understand each person’s complexities, not only the problems you have with each other. In couples therapy, I can help you recognize patterns from your families of origin and find ways to stop repeating negative cycles from generation to generation. In this endeavor, we try to understand and respond to each of your needs, deal constructively with powerful emotions, and resolve ongoing differences between you. Sessions revolve around forging new kinds of interactions, creating more positive patterns, and using the language of emotions, vulnerability, and empathy. Over time, these changes have cascading positive effects on your relationship and the well being of your children.For more information, please see the Couples Therapy page.