Symptoms are often a signal that something deeper than what shows on the surface of our life experience needs to be addressed. Psyche, which means soul, is making itself heard, and is indicating that some attention needs to be paid to some part of your inner self, which for some reason has been neglected and unexplored. The therapeutic relationship is a safe container of trust and respect between you and your therapist, where care of the soul can take place, and where growth, development, health, and authenticity develop.
How does therapy work?
Therapy is usually one 50 minute appointment per week, sitting down with me and discussing feelings or problems you may be having. What is said in the therapy room is confidential, and you are free to talk about anything you like. We discuss exactly what you want to get out of therapy and make a plan to achieve your goals. I work with you to bring your issues into focus, so that they can be addressed in a non-judgemental and unconditionally supportive way.
Why should I go to therapy?
Some reasons people seek out a therapist during times of crisis, after a sudden change in life circumstances, or when dealing with a specific problem that is difficult or confusing. When any type of problem keeps someone from living their life in a productive way, therapy can help to stabilize their life, making it easier to navigate the circumstances that come their way.
Another area in which therapy can be helpful is when the goal is personal growth. Destructive life patterns that impede personal growth and development can be explored and brought to light, bringing clarity and change.
How long will I need to go to therapy?
Therapy can last anywhere from several weeks to several months depending on the specific problem being addressed in therapy. Some people choose to continue therapy once the initial problem is stabilized, in order to work on other areas of their life that they would like to address.
Is psychotherapy really effective?
There are specific elements that will determine the success of your therapy. The first and most important is to take your mental health seriously, and sincerely want to address your specific problem. Secondly, establishing a relationship of trust between you and your therapist becomes the stabilizing force that enables growth and change. It is therefore very important to find a therapist who is a good match for you in order to achieve your goals of therapy.