How can therapy help me?
 

Therapy offers many benefits. Therapists provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and other presenting issues. Many individuals who undergo counseling find that therapy can be a crucial element in experiencing personal growth, improved interpersonal relationships, resolution of family concerns, repair of marital issues, and better management of the hassles of daily life.

 

As a psychologist, I hope to provide you with a fresh perspective on a difficult problem you are having, or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from our therapeutic work together depends on how much you take advantage of this valuable process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:

  • 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

What is therapy like? 
 

Thanks to our individual differences, each person has different issues they come to therapy for, and unique goals for therapy. 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).

It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, as your therapist I may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy sessions to support your process - such as read a relevant book, journal on a specific topic, keep record of particular behaviors, or take action on your goals. People seeking psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.