Psychotherapy

What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is the development of an interpersonal relationship with a counselor in order to sift through life problems and increase personal well-being.

Hellenistic schools of philosophy informally practiced this type of counseling in the 4th century BC. The Persian physician Rhazes further developed it in the 9th century AD. However, psychoanalysis truly grew with Sigmund Freud before spreading and taking shape through other theorists' adaptations. While there are many forms of psychotherapy, its objective has always been and will always be to improve the quality of life.

Why seek counseling or therapy?

  • Get help or guidance with a personal issue or situation
  • Improve the quality of a relationship
  • Manage your feelings in a more effective way
  • Cope with a loss, death or divorce and resolve unfinished grieving
  • Find a purpose and meaning for your life
  • Develop more direction, balance and peacefulness in your life
  • Resolve a relationship or family issue
  • Heal some wounds in your past
  • Deal with a medical issue
  • Handle the stresses of economic worries more effectively

What actually happens in therapy?

The therapy process can help separate out strong feelings from facts, e.g., sorting out situations from the past that are similar to the present. Therapy also helps explore options for any decision you may be considering in order to live a more balanced, directional and meaningful life.

In our sessions, we will explore what you want and give you what you need to realize your goals. By learning about your past, present, thoughts and feelings, we can better equip you with emotional, mental and spiritual tools that assist you in the process. We believe that by developing an effective relationship, we can create meaningful change in your future relationships.

What kind of therapeutic approaches do you use?

We may use a variety of therapy models depending on your particular issue or learning style. Listed below are some of the standard professional therapy techniques we use:
  • Cognitive
  • Behavioral
  • Psychodynamic
  • Jungian
  • Dream analysis
  • Transpersonal
  • Humanistic
  • Existential
  • Solution-focused

The use of meditation, spirituality and other transformative practices drawn from a variety of disciplines and thought can complement any traditional therapy. Please understand that we respect your religious and spiritual beliefs and feel comfortable including them in your sessions.

Current Crisis Therapy

In this instance, we focus on helping clients resolve current issues. Clients will describe these issues and will be able to see contributing factors and the issue as a whole more clearly.

Inner Life Therapy

We perform inner life therapy for clients who desire to understand themselves more fully, their repetitive patterns of thoughts, feelings, behaviors and relationships in addition to resolving a current situation or issue. This level of work requires more introspection from the client, but for some people, the significant work is done between sessions.

How often and how long should I go to therapy?

A few sessions may be an effective start toward addressing dilemmas you currently face. Depending on what those issues are, you may require a longer therapeutic relationship or process. In either case, you determine the goal of your therapy and how long you want to work toward it.

Medication

We do not prescribe medication. For some people, medication can be a helpful addition to psychotherapy. In some cases, a referral to your physician, pediatrician or a psychiatrist for a medical evaluation or psychopharmacological treatment may be recommended. This is a highly sensitive matter and warrants thoughtful discussion. The decision whether to use medication ultimately rests with the patient.



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