Psychotherapy is a process that focuses on growth and change. Talking about our issues and accessing and understanding our feelings make it possible to become more aware of the source of our problems. This awareness allows us to make the most out of the options we have in our lives. The psychotherapy process is about finding ways to deal more effectively with feelings, behaviors, relationships and life’s issues.
Psychotherapy is a personal experience that’s different for each patient and therapist. Although treatment approaches vary depending on therapist, the initial appointment often follows a general pattern. Psychotherapy begins with a period of evaluation during which you will discuss the reasons for seeking treatment. This process gives the therapist the opportunity to learn about you, develop an understanding about your issues and to formulate ideas about how treatment should proceed. Your therapist will work with you to explore past conflicts in relation to your current problem in order to make change possible. This phase of interviewing and learning may take place in one session or over a series of sessions, depending on the therapist’s style. During the initial sessions, such factors as frequency and length of sessions and the policy for payment will be discussed. At some point within the first few sessions, you and your therapist will come to a mutual understanding of the goals for treatment. After this point, the sessions will become less like an interview; you will be asked to say whatever is on your mind. Your therapist will listen and help you identify patterns of thinking, feeling and interacting that may be contributing to your current struggles. Deeper awareness and new insights stimulate psychological growth and change. In addition, you may have questions about medication and if need arises, our therapists will consult with your psychiatrist or general practitioner for a medication evaluation. Treatment continues until the troubling symptoms have been reduced or alleviated and you are consistently making use of more adaptive ways of coping with greater insight.