Why do people consider seeing a psychotherapist?
People may seek therapy for a variety of reasons, which may include:
- Depression Anxiety/Panic Attacks Relationship Problems
- Workplace Problems Career Challenges Difficulty Making Friends
- Intimacy/Sexual Troubles Family Concerns Health Related Matters
- General Desire to Improve or Change Your Life
How Does Psychotherapy Work?
Psychotherapy is a form of talk therapy. We explore various issues in your life that have contributed to your current emotional state and/or set of circumstances. Part of this process includes examining habitual patterns, exploring your strengths and developing new coping mechanisms.
Through the therapeutic process you will generate self- awareness and an emotional understanding of the impact your history has on present attitudes, motives and beliefs. This awareness will lead to improved decision-making and the ability to maximize your potential.
How Long Do Psychotherapy Sessions Last?
Sessions are fifty minutes. Generally people come one time per week.
What Should I Expect in My First Session?
The first session is an opportunity for you and me to get to know each other. During this meeting I’ll ask you a series of general questions in an effort to understand what brings you to therapy. This is also a time for you to ask me questions and to determine if the relationship is a good match.
Does the Psychotherapy Process Require Me to Take Medications?
No, psychotherapy does not involve taking psychotropic medications. However, if you or I feel that medication may be a useful addition in helping you feel better, a referral can be made to a psychiatrist.
How Long Will I Have to Go to Therapy?
The length of therapy is dependent on the individual. People tend to derive the most benefit if they stick with it for a while and allow themselves to get comfortable with the process.
Is Psychotherapy a Confidential Process?
By law, psychotherapists are mandated to keep the content of their sessions confidential. They may disclose information under very special circumstances including: a court order, suspected cases of child abuse and neglect or situations that may immediately jeopardize the safety and well being of another person. You will be provided with a comprehensive confidentiality agreement at the first session.