Psychotherapy is a type of mental health treatment that involves talking with a trained professional to explore one’s thoughts, feelings, and experiences. The goal of psychotherapy is to help individuals understand and overcome a wide range of emotional, psychological, and behavioral issues.
At the heart of psychotherapy is the therapeutic relationship, which is the connection between the therapist and the client. This relationship is built on trust, empathy, and respect, and provides the foundation for the therapeutic process. The therapeutic relationship allows individuals to feel heard and understood, and provides a safe and confidential space for exploration and growth.
In psychotherapy, individuals may explore their representation or relationships, which refers to how they experience the world and the connections they have with others. Through therapy, individuals can gain insights into their representations and relationships and work to understand how they influence their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
The ultimate goal of psychotherapy is not just to alleviate symptoms, but to help individuals develop a deeper understanding of themselves and their experiences. This can involve learning new coping skills, improving communication and relationships, and developing greater emotional awareness and resilience. Whether you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, or other mental health challenges, psychotherapy can provide the support and guidance you need to work towards a brighter and more fulfilling future.
Psychotherapy involves regularly scheduled sessions where the focus of the session is on current or past problems, experiences, thoughts, feelings, or relationships. By sharing experiences with a trained empathetic person, someone outside their normal circle, clients are able to possibly gain understanding about themselves and their issues. Through this therapeutic relationship, the client can possibly have a better understanding of how certain people or things were inappropriately represented in their lives and take steps to correct those representations or relationships.
There may be times where it is necessary to involve various family members (i.e., spouse, parent, sibling) during therapy. Depending on the particular issue(s), appropriate referrals will be recommended for family or couples counseling.
**SPECIAL NOTE FOR PARENTS/LEGAL GUARDIANS SEEKING COUNSELING FOR THEIR MINOR CHILDREN**
If you are divorced or a legal guardian of a minor child, I CANNOT see your child for counseling services unless I have a divorce decree, custody agreement, or some form of documentation stating you have the authority to schedule mental health services for the minor child. You can bring this documentation with you at the initial session or you can scan and email it to me. I cannot see your child without that document on file in my office.