What is psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy -- also called "talk therapy" or just plain therapy -- is a process whereby psychological or relational problems are treated through communication and relationship factors between a client and a trained mental health professional. For Marriage and Family Therapist, the "client" includes individuals, couples, and families.
Modern psychotherapy is time-limited, focused, and usually occurs once a week for 45-50 minutes per session. Sessions can take place in-person or online via Tele Mental Health platforms. (Herkov, 2016)
Is psychotherapy right for me?
It is highly likely that every person reaches a point in their life in which psychotherapy can be useful. In general, those who seek therapy are:
- experiencing distress, anxiety, stress and/or depression
- seeking a purpose for their life
- experiencing a life transition
- newly married and seeking premarital counseling
- recovering from sexual, emotional or physical trauma
- struggling to find balance between work and life
- seeking to heal a relationship that experienced infidelity
- looking for hope
- seeking healing from generations of issues within their family
- suffering from any other issue that causes distress
As systemic therapist, I believe that no one exists in a vacuum. We are all apart of a broader system. Marriage and Family Therapists focus on how individuals function regarding their personal relationship with self, in relationship to those around them, and within the systems that they exist . Within this context, I examine how individuals can be autonomous, while also remaining connected to others.
What should I expect during my first session?
The psychotherapy process is a relationship between the client and the therapist. Relationships begin with a conversation. During our first session, also called an intake session, I will inquire about the concerns that led you to therapy, your family history, current relationships and goals for therapy. Together, we will work collaboratively to achieve your goals for therapy.
How often will I meet with my therapist?
Research shows that consistency is important in helping therapists and clients to build a relationship. In most cases, we will meet weekely. However, the schedule may vary according to the presenting issue.
How many sessions will it take for me to feel better?
The benefits of therapy are contingent upon your commiment to the process and practicing the skills learned in thereapy. In my experience, most clients notice some level of relief after the first session. Other benefits of therapy include:
- Gaining better understanding of self and values
- Increased mindfulness
- Improved relationships and reduced conflict
- Improved management of anger
- Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Increased confidence and improved self-esteem
- Learning to define boundaries
Is therapy confidential?
The law protects the confidential communications between a client and psychotherapist. I can not disclose information about a client without prior written consent to do so. However, as a mandated reporter, clincians are required to report:
- Suspected child, dependant adult, or elder abuse.
- If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person.
- If a client intends and has a plan to harm himself or herself.
- If a client experiences illness in the midst of a therapy session