What is psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy treatment is basically a conversation between an individual client or couple and me. In these conversations, I create a safe environment that allows my clients to tell their story over time. As the story unfolds my clients begin to better understand the interaction between them and the people involved in their work and life. As my clients talk, I pay close attention to the words and the meaning behind the words. I ask questions that elicit information and help promote understanding. In time, my clients create goals to better their life and work. We partner together to make their desired changes happen.
How long will it take?
There is no “one size fits all” answer. Many people benefit from a course of treatment of three to six months while others might attend every other week for a couple of years. After your initial consult we can talk about how long it might take to make your desired changes. Most of my clients find that they open up about topics and areas beyond the original issue.
How often are the sessions?
Most psychotherapy is once weekly or twice each month.
How do I know if you are the right therapist for me?
I like to combine a traditional counselilng approach with mindfulness, compassion and holistic healthcare. If you are already drawn to these self care practices, I may be a very good fit for you in terms of psychotherapy. I work with many gay and lesbian couples. A number of my clients have been in therapy before and are ready to work on themselves again. I am plain speaking, direct, active and an optimist.
What benefits may I feel afterwards?
As I pay mindful attention to my clients and listen deeply, they often report the following results:
- From anxiety to peace of mind and less worry
- From passive behavior to assertive action
- From avoidant behavior to engaged in life
- From stuck to motivated
- From grief and depression to resuming enjoyment of hobbies and pleasurable activities
- From feelings of worthlessness to increased self esteem
- From agitation to calmness and relaxation
- From focusing on the future or the past to living in the present moment
- From poor self care or inactivity to getting involved in wellness practices (yoga, meditation, exercise)
- From arguing and gridlock to constructive communication, good will, trust and honest discussions