Psychotherapy

In the Psychotherapy counseling process, I guide individuals, couples, families and groups in how to work through psychological problems in a variety of areas of life.  I employ a range of psychotherapy techniques to support you in the achievement of your desired goals for your well-being.  Although I have specialized areas of focus, I also have a general practice and would be happy to assist you in determining if my approach and skills are right for your situation.

A sample list of the symptoms and behaviors that may necessitate the consideration of therapy, can be found here

About Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is most familiar to people when they think about getting professional assistance for psychological issues.  It is centered around the idea of a therapeutic interaction that aims to increase the individual’s sense of his or her own well-being in the context of a protected relationship with the therapist. The safe, confidential setting, and the support and direction of a trained psychological expert allows a person to learn skills and gain insights into behaviors, unconscious influences, or negative and unhelpful thought patterns.  

Most people do not distinguish between counseling and psychotherapy, but they do have different meanings.  Counseling focuses on support and advice. Psychotherapy is centered around the idea that some behavior or thought pattern has become so disruptive that it affects your everyday life, well-being and relationships.

The focus in psychotherapy is on becoming more aware of maladaptive patterns, revealing internal conflicts, and addressing developmental gaps and skill deficits.  Once awareness is developed, we work on developing realistic strategies for change, learning, and improvement.

I use both traditional psychotherapy and counseling models as a foundation for my work with clients.  How much of each is determined by the client’s needs.

A variety of psychological theories inform my work with clients.  Additionally, I often find it beneficial to incorporate a variety of complementary techniques and methods into the psychotherapy process.  In my experience, integrating other methodologies into the therapy process generally facilitates the desired changes more quickly.  Please explore the Approaches page for more information on different methodologies.

In general, psychotherapy allows for assistance from a trained professional. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Learn the causes of your difficulties so you can better understand them and identify what to do about them
  • Learn to identify unhealthy behaviors, maladaptive coping mechanisms, and thought patterns that do not support your well-being.
  • Learn how to develop helpful, healthy coping mechanisms, behaviors and thought patterns.
  • Learn more effective coping and problem-solving skills needed to regain a sense of satisfaction and direction in your life.
  • Learn how to develop effective communication skills, eliminate destructive communication patterns, and how to navigate difficult conversations with confidence.
  • Learn about what allows a person to effectively navigate activities of daily living, and strategies that support a person’s well-being.
  • Learn how to strengthen relationships and work on problems.
  • Learn how to support yourself and others despite difficulties.
  • Learn how to find long-term solutions to problems or problem behaviors.
  • Learn options for negotiating differences, resolving conflicts, and how to navigate the repair of trust.
  • Learn self-supportive and family supportive coping strategies and boundaries.
  • Learn how to create understanding and identify needs that are unmet.

Please explore the rest of my website for additional information on specific difficulties or areas of interest.  There is help available.