What is psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a process where people learn and become more aware of their subconscious pattern of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. By gaining insights into these areas, the therapist can help the client better understand the deeper meaning of the present issues, and how such issues have impacted different areas of the client’s life.
Psychotherapy helps people make a better connection with themselves and their values. It can also help improve interpersonal relationships. In therapy, we also work on developing healthy coping and problem-solving skills.
Are you new to therapy?
If you are new to therapy, it is normal for some people to feel anxious and overwhelmed in the first few sessions. I understand that it can take a lot of courage and strength to reach out for professional help. My goal is to create a supportive and safe environment for my clients to express their mind.
Prior to our first meeting, much like a doctor’s visit, there are intake forms, treatment consent, and confidentiality agreements to be completed by the clients. To maximize your time, the forms are available to download and complete prior to your visit.
What happens in the initial therapy session?
A typical therapy session is about 45 to 55 minutes. In our initial session, we will review the reasons for your visit, or what motivated you to seek therapy. My office is your space to express your thoughts and emotions and to be heard and understood without judgment. Please know that it is completely normal for some people to have difficulty sharing their emotions and feeling uncomfortable verbalizing their thoughts. It is a part of the therapeutic process.
How long is psychotherapy treatment?
How long and how frequent we meet for therapy sessions are dependent on the issues discussed in our treatment plan. During our sessions, we work on understanding the client as a person while taking into account the client’s current situation, past experience, as well as the upbringing environment. We explore how these important factors have shaped the person he or she becomes today. We work on understanding ongoing assumptions, habits, and action to determine the deeper meaning of the present issues as well as the root cause of the problem. From there, the clients gain a better sense of themselves and the presenting issues.
What type of psychotherapy will I receive?
There are different types of psychotherapy, also known as therapeutic treatment modalities; some modalities may work better with certain problems or issues than others. Psychotherapy may be used in combination with medication or other therapies. Because each person is different, in my practice, I work with my clients to create an individualized therapy plan. I have experience providing psychodynamic therapy, interpersonal therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
What is the role of the therapist?
I believe that my clients are the expert of their lives. My role as a therapist is to work jointly with my clients to create a trusting relationship where my clients can feel comfortable discussing their own vulnerability. Therapy is a process where people learn to develop courage and strengths to be vulnerable. It is completely okay to take time to open up and work on issues.
What therapy is and is not?
Therapy is not about finding an easy solution. My role is not to give advice. As a therapist, I can provide support, feedback, perspectives, and appropriate guidance. I can help you gain insights into your subconscious patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I can guide you in processing difficult emotions and understanding your coping mechanisms. I can review with you on how your coping mechanisms have impacted your interpersonal relationships. We will work on self-awareness, difficult issues and build adaptive coping skills together. However, I cannot help you change unless you are ready and willing to do so.
I respect my client’s self-determination; it is the client’s decision to go about change and applying what he or she discovers in therapy to everyday life.