Psychotherapy is a special relationship. Your therapist isn’t a friend, advisor, or mentor. Instead, your therapist provides a safe, healthy space where you can be fully yourself and explore all the places inside you, no matter what that is like. Your therapist is a warm, supportive presence who can help you see and think clearly. When you are depressed, anxious, angry, confused, or just feel like nothing matters, therapy can help. You can share what is bothering you, express feelings and thoughts that you might not say anywhere else, and let a lot of stress and distress go in the office.
Psychotherapy is useful for helping to treat depression, anxiety, the results of trauma, and those states in which you know something isn’t right, but you can’t really put your finger on it. Psychologists can often be helpful in developing a framework to understand what is going on. And then psychotherapy can help you to find your way through the struggle in which you find yourself.
Counseling and psychotherapy are words that are often used interchangeably, but I consider counseling to be one strategy used in psychotherapy. In my practice, I use counseling, cognitive restructuring, education, experiential work, and deep listening to help people access parts of themselves that maybe have not had a voice for a long time.
I will work collaboratively with you. If you know your goals are, I’ll help you reach them. If you have no idea at all what a goal of therapy might even mean, that’s okay too. I can help you think about what you want to get out of your sessions. Together we can develop a plan to help you become who you really want to be, and live the life you really want.