Do you ever feel overwhelmed by your problems, relationships or life challenges? If you do, understand that you are not alone. Therapy could be a good choice for you. The process of therapy includes a wide spectrum of practices that help people live more productive, healthier and happier lives. Therapy is also called counseling, psychotherapy or talk-therapy. The process involves meeting with a therapist. Many types of therapists exist. Some of the more common ones include marriage and family therapists, social workers and psychologists. Psychologists receive one of the highest levels of education of all health care professionals.
I am a Psychologist
Psychologists aim to help people through alleviating distress, resolving conflicts and problematic behavior. They help people process feelings, thoughts, beliefs and relationship issues. Psychologists focus on how people and problems change over the course of the lifespan. We understand and pay attention to the intricacies of human dynamics. For instance, what makes people think, behave and feel the way that they do? We focus on the implications and importance that various influences might have on human experience, such as gender, race, religion, and culture.
Deciding to Begin Therapy
Deciding to begin therapy is a huge step toward becoming the healthiest version of yourself that you can be. It may be one of the most important steps you in your life. Therapy can move you closer to living your best possible life – no matter what your past has been like or the current obstacles you may be experiencing. Through therapy you can change self-defeating and destructive patterns. You can resolve painful emotions, grow in awareness and enhance your relationships. You can learn new coping skills, techniques and strategies that can improve your communication, help to regulate your emotions and much more.
What to Expect
My initial contact with a potential client is usually through a phone conversation. Although someone may email me to begin, I like to have a brief phone consultation. At that time we can make a determination if I am the best psychologist for you to work with. If I determine your needs might be better served somewhere else, I can provide referrals.
If we decide that we would like to continue with a first visit we will schedule an initial session. At that time I will ask you questions and make an assessment. You, too, will have an opportunity to ask me questions. Generally, in our second session we will discuss a treatment plan and goals for your therapy. We will then talk about the steps you will take in order to get there.
One of the most important things to know before beginning therapy involves the issue of confidentiality. It is important that you feel safe and to know that everything we discuss is confidential. I want you to feel comfortable sharing your story and your challenges with me. I want you to be able to trust me in the therapeutic process.
I like to work collaboratively with my clients, so I will want your input. In addition, I like my clients to feel empowered and hopeful during the therapeutic process. I believe anyone can improve his or her mental health, wellbeing and lives.
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