The word therapy can be confusing because it describes a wide range of services. Sometimes conversationally called counseling, “talk therapy,” or analysis, it is the process of working through emotional, relational, and thought-process problems in the context of a relationship with a trained counselor or therapist.
Television and movies have portrayed therapy in a myriad of interesting (and largely inaccurate) ways, but the process of therapy is more than just talking about problems or getting advice. That’s what friends are for! A good therapist will listen, ask questions, and strive to understand you and your life in a non-judgmental way. Then, she will use her specialized knowledge of human nature, personalities, relationship dynamics, and stressors to help you make changes in your life.
While all therapists are unique, and there are dozens of theories behind therapy, what’s most important is to find a “good fit” with your therapist. My style of therapy is client-centered and insight-oriented. This means:
- You and I work in partnership to formulate goals that make sense for you.
- I approach problems with a respect for your choices and a belief in the power of personal change.
- I avoid “quick fixes” that may not have long-lasting effects.
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