Psychotherapy is a process in which clients and I, and sometimes other members of clients’ family members, discuss a variety of issues, events, experiences and memories for the purpose of creating positive change so that clients can experience life more fully. It provides an opportunity to better, and more deeply understand oneself, as well as, any problems or difficulties that clients may be experiencing. Psychotherapy is a joint effort between clients, me and, as deemed clinically necessary, other family members. Progress and success may vary depending upon the particular problems or issues being addressed, as well as many other factors. Based upon the information provided by clients and/or parents regarding the specific situation, I will provide recommendations for treatment. Since clients and I are partners in the therapeutic process, clients and parents have the right to agree or disagree with my recommendations. In fact, periodically I will provide clients and/or parents feedback regarding treatment progress and invite participation in the discussion.
Participating in psychotherapy may result in a number of benefits such as: reducing stress and anxiety; decreasing negative thoughts and self-sabotaging behaviors; improving interpersonal relationships; enhancing comfort in social, work, and family settings; increasing capacity for intimacy; improving self-confidence; and resolving specific concerns caused clients to seek therapy. Such benefits may also require substantial effort on the part of clients and parents, including an active participation in the therapeutic process, honesty, and a willingness to change feelings, thoughts and behaviors. There is no guarantee that therapy will yield any or all of the benefits listed above.
Participating in therapy may also involve some discomfort, including remembering and discussing unpleasant events, feelings and experiences. This discomfort may also extend to other family members, as they may be asked to address difficult issues and family dynamics. The process may evoke strong feelings of sadness, anger, fear, etc. There may be times in which I will challenge the perceptions and assumptions of the client and/or other family members, and offer different perspectives.
During the therapeutic process, many clients find that they feel worse before they feel better. This is generally a normal course of events. Personal growth and change may be easy and swift at times, but may also be slow and frustrating. I encourage clients and parents to address any concerns they have regarding client’s progress in therapy with me. Due to the varying nature and severity of problems and the uniqueness of each client, I am unable to predict the length of therapy or to guarantee a specific outcome or result.
In psychotherapy, you and I will be co-travelers on a journey that is uniquely yours. While I will be sitting in the passenger seat pointing-out obstacles in your path, assisting you in maneuvering the rough fields; helping you explore the passageway that best suit you when forks in the road are reached, offering a reminder when a course is leading you away from your desired destination, forewarning when trails repeatedly and unsuccessfully traveled in the past are being revisited, and being your ally throughout the at times fatiguing patches of the voyage; you will be in the driver’s seat controlling the speed, route, and the final point of arrival of the journey.