What is Psychotherapy?







It is important that the client experiences his or her therapist as safe, reliable and supportive in this challenging and vulnerable process. The therapy relationship, or alliance, is the supportive ground for healing and growth, supporting therapy's work toward the client’s goals

What is Psychotherapy


Psychotherapy is effective in helping people with emotional, thinking or behavioral problems such as depression, complicated grief, anxiety, panic attacks, obsessive compulsions, eating disorders, poor coping with stress, sleep problems, addictions, conflicted and frustrating relationships, or a general dissatisfaction with life. It can help not only resolve problems of living but also develop personal growth. Psychotherapy was originally called the talking cure, in contrast to psychiatry which treats with medications. Therapy is used with or instead of medication to address psychological problems. Whereas medications can improve a patient’s mood and thinking quickly and don’t require much patient participation, the therapy client must be actively and personally involved in the therapy process to benefit from its treatment. It is the client’s personal involvement in therapy that provides opportunities for personal healing and growth

Therapy requires the committed involvement and participation of both client and therapist. The therapist offers her skills and experience to identify the nature and patterns of human emotions, thoughts and behaviors — how they can work well and how they can become dysfunctional. She teaches by various means the patterns of living that are more likely to enhance personal healing and growing toward the client’s goals. The client engages the therapy process that alternates between acceptance and change. Acceptance challenges the client to explore personal emotions, thoughts and intentions without denying or judging them. Change challenges the client to risk letting go of familiar but destructive patterns for healthier ways of living that are not as familiar and predictable

It is important that the client experiences his or her therapist as safe, reliable and supportive in this challenging and vulnerable process. The therapy relationship, or alliance, is the supportive ground for healing and growth, supporting therapy's work toward the client’s goals

The central dynamic in therapy is a powerful kind of listening that is unique, safe and effective. It is unique because the therapist is trained and experienced in listening to the different levels in what the client shares, what it may be connected to and which directions it may lead. It is safe because the therapist practices respect and support of her clients’ boundaries and goals. It is effective because the therapist knows and can teach alternative approaches and skills of living that can help clients move through present obstacles to achieve personal goals. Listening is a skill I work to model and teach so that my clients can learn to listen and more effectively respond to themselves

Therapy is a personal process that ideally custom fits each client’s present needs and situations. There is much variability in the recommended length of therapy and frequency of sessions. In general, therapy is shorter when the presenting problems are circumscribed and recent. When problems affect many areas of a person’s life and have been chronic for years, therapy tends to be longer and more intensive