Adults have their own emotional concerns or chronic medical conditions that create stress and conflict in their lives. Individual psychotherapy offers a close, supportive, one-to-one relationship through which you can develop better strategies for solving for your problems.
Examples of issues that therapy can help resolve include, to name a few:
- Acute stress
- Past trauma
- Excessive guilt/shame
- Low self esteem
- Depression, Anxiety
- Panic, Phobias, Compulsions
- Relationship problems
- Personality issues
Goals for therapy may include:
- Greater self-awareness
- Greater emotional wellbeing
- More satisfying relationships with others
- Increased self-confidence and self-esteem
There are a variety of techniques that can be used in psychotherapy. The exact approach used depends upon the training of the therapist and the nature of the problem the adult is experiencing. I view all problems as matters of human growth and development and rely most heavily on the following therapeutic models:
- Cognitive behavioral (CBT)
- Dialectical behavior (DBT)
- Family systems/interpersonal
The length of therapy depends mainly on the issues being addressed and the level of motivation by the individual to feel better. Other contributing factors include available support from friends and family and the presence and types of life stressors.
It’s not uncommon to feel reluctant about seeking help from a person you’ve never met. If you sense now that there is a problem in your life that needs to be addressed, don’t wait to seek help. Problems rarely go away on their own. Psychotherapy is more than “just talking.” Studies show that therapy can actually change your brain!
I imagine at this point you will be wondering what therapy involves and what you will be getting into, and even if you have been in therapy before you have not been in a session with me. So let me take some time to explain the treatment process to you. It all begins with an email or a phone call from you. When people make that first connection it is hard to wait, they are eager to get started and I know that so I will personally respond to your call usually within the same day. When I call you I am going to ask you some questions to find out if we are the right fit for each other. I’ll also tell you a little about my process and we will schedule our first appointment together. The first appointment I will refer to as the intake interview, I’ll also direct you to some of the areas on my website that contain my forms, and I will have you complete an intake packet and bring it to our intake interview. If you have previous evaluations or other documents that you think will help me understand you and your needs better I encourage you to bring those to the first appointment as well. Once we have the first intake interview people are very eager to begin the therapy and the intake interview is the first part of the process of starting therapy together. Usually people are very nervous when they are coming to the first appointment, that’s normal, I would be nervous if I were meeting a stranger for the first time. People sometimes have an image of a therapist as somebody who just sits back and doesn’t respond much and listens a lot and I want you to know that is not me. I am very very eager to want to get to know you and to understand you problems and to figure out what we can do together to help you. During the intake interview I’m going to ask you questions about yourself, I want to know about your background, I want to know about your educational history, your work history. Ill ask you questions about your medical history, your family history, and I want to know in particularly about the history about the problem that brings you in to see me. We’ll work together to identify goals for your therapy and then I will offer you some recommendations about how I think I can help you to reach those goals. Once we finish the intake interview then we will have identified the problems, we will have come up with a plan of how to address them, and then we’re ready to start the therapy intervention. So now we are at the part of starting therapy together. Some of the frequently asked questions I get at this point are, might I need medication as my therapy. If you do I know some very qualified physicians that I will recommend you give a call and they will help us together in working on your treatment. Another question I am frequently asked at the beginning of therapy is how long am I going to need to see you and how frequently do we need to get together. That really depends on the severity of your problem and the nature of your problem. Usually people come to see me once a week, and those appointments are usually 45 to 50 minutes in length. What makes me different from a lot of the other practitioners is that you will get very personal service from me in my practice, there is no middleman, there is no secretary or receptionist, there is nobody else that you have to tell the story to. Its just you and me on this journey together, and at the end of the journey it is my fondest hope that you will be in a better place.