It is part of the human condition to suffer from some measure of frustration, emotional distress, or dissatisfaction in your life. But, sometimes those feelings can be ongoing, overwhelming, or preventing you from achieving your goals. Individual therapy offers help for whatever you may be struggling with.
Are you apprehensive about beginning therapy?
You may feel apprehensive about beginning therapy. It is not uncommon to worry about being judged or not having the words to talk about your experiences. Maybe you feel out of touch with your feelings, or have a sense that something is missing but feel trapped in fear, anxiety, or pain. Or perhaps what is bothering you is related to your past and revisiting the past seems daunting. I work collaboratively and empathetically to create a safe environment for you to explore your thoughts and feelings.
How does psychotherapy work?
The way we change is through our relationships and experiences with others. From the moment we meet, my focus is to understand the particular ways in which you experience yourself and others. It is this exploration and understanding of all of your relationships, including the relationship we form as therapist and patient, that is at the heart of psychotherapy. Our relationship becomes a vehicle for you to reach and comprehend parts of yourself that are otherwise closed to your consciousness and that you cannot reach on your own.
As the therapy relationship develops, your ability to talk about different thoughts and emotions expands, as does your capacity to reflect upon and understand your feelings. Psychotherapy is an opportunity to know ourselves deeply and work through and understand parts of our self that have been closed off to create new meaning and positive experiences in the present.
What you can expect from psychotherapy
Psychotherapy can increase your feelings of self-worth, enhance your ability to tolerate difficult emotions, and improve your relationships and communication with other people.
Psychotherapy provides long-term benefits
Studies have shown that psychotherapy can have long-term benefits, but those long-term benefits and changes will only result if the therapy and your relationship with the therapist are given a sufficient amount of time to unfold. The sort of emotional changes that therapy allows to happen often can be both hopeful and frightening because no matter how much the person wants to effectuate those changes, they may still, unconsciously, resist and oppose those very same changes. The amount of time it takes for therapy to result in a measurable and significant change in your life is based on your individual background, your goals, your level of motivation, and the frequency of your therapy sessions, along with other factors.