Who Can Be Helped By Psychotherapy?
The easy answer to this one is “Almost anyone who really wants to change!” Participation in psychotherapy can be helpful to those who truly want to enhance the quality of their lives. Reasons people may choose to participate include:
- Wanting to achieve a greater sense of emotional balance instead of letting some emotions (such as anxiety, blues, irritability, or mood swings) get the best of them.
- Needing help adjusting to challenging life changes such as relational break-ups, death of a loved one, health or career changes, etc.
- Inability to break some unhealthy relational patterns.
- Wanting to make behavioral or thinking changes, but seemingly being unable to do so.
- Struggling with the after-effects of some emotional injuries from childhood or adolescence.
What Is the Process of Therapy Like?
I see psychotherapy as a contractual partnership between us. You set your own long-term and short-term goals. Some clients come with very specific desires to change emotional, thinking, and/ or behavioral patterns. Other clients come to have a compassionate place in which to adjust to losses or changes. For others there may be a need to address present or past loss or trauma which is affecting their current quality of life. Many clients come with concerns about the relationships in their lives. Some people come to have a special time and safe place weekly for support and advocacy.
Will I Have To Take Medication?
I am not a physician and therefore cannot prescribe medication. Many clients can make the changes they want without it. However, medication may be very helpful when someone’s ability to function is significantly impaired by his or her emotional or cognitive states. In such a case, I can, at your request, make a referral to a physician, or coordinate treatment by staying in contact with your physician. Of course, this can only be done with your signed permission. You and your doctor can decide together if medication is to be used short-term or longer.
How Often Should I Come and for How Long?
Usually the first three sessions are of an assessment nature in that you and I are getting acquainted and you are sharing relevant history, goals, etc. After that, the frequency of sessions is up to the you. Most find that it is helpful to come in weekly, particularly at first, and may over time choose to taper off as goals are met. The door is, however, always open for “booster” work upon request.