Psychotherapy is not like a medical doctor visit. Instead, it calls for an active effort on your part. In order for therapy to be most successful you will have to work on things we talk about both during our sessions and at home.
Our first few sessions will involve an evaluation of your needs. By the end of the evaluation, I will be able to offer you some first impressions of what our work will include and a treatment plan to follow. Therapy involves a commitment of time, money, and energy, so you should feel comfortable with the therapist you select. If you have questions or concerns about our progress we should discuss them whenever they arise. Research shows that regular and active discussion of the therapeutic process leads to more favorable outcomes.
Therapy often lead to better relationships, solutions to specific problems and significant reductions in feelings of distress. It can increase feelings of esteem and help a person to manage their thoughts and emotions more effectively.
Since therapy often involves discussing unpleasant aspects of your life, you may experience uncomfortable feelings like sadness, guilt, anger, frustration or loneliness. On the other hand, psychotherapy has also been shown to have benefits for people who go through it.