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Individual Psychotherapy

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What happens in therapy?

Broadly speaking, therapy is a process that involves spending time with a professional in a caring and collaborative relationship in order to improve different aspects of your life. Different therapists will have different approaches and qualifications, but the overarching theme is improving your psychological wellbeing so that you can live your most fulfilling life. 

What can I gain from therapy?

The benefits of therapy can vary quite a bit and depend greatly on what you want to get out of it. Therapy is a collaborative process, guided by your goals. These can be very specific objectives, such as learning better coping skills, attaining a desired life goal, or changing specific behaviors. They can also be more general goals, like building better peer and family relationships, or processing stress and difficult emotions. Many of life’s challenges are things that you may be able to overcome on your own or with the support system you already have in place. Therapy can be an excellent resource either in addition to these supports and skills, or when these supports feel insufficient for dealing with current challenges.

 

Do I need it?

Anyone can benefit from therapy in some way, whether by improving their relationships or gaining insight into their thoughts, behaviors, or relational wounds and inner conflicts. When difficult emotions, negative thoughts, or problematic behaviors start to interfere with your day-to-day life, therapy becomes an even more important resource to tap in to. In these cases, therapy can help to get things back to a level that feels more manageable and where the same daily impact is no longer felt.

How will I know if we are a good fit?

Ideally, working with me will feel intuitive and comfortable to you. We will be able to build trust and you will feel confident that I can help you achieve your goals. While the process of therapy itself can sometimes feel uncomfortable (we do tend to talk about the tough stuff!), you should always feel safe and cared for with me. I encourage you to trust your instincts here – if something feels “off” or like you are missing something you want in therapy, tell me!

 

In some cases, we will be able to work through an important issue and this will help you further in acheiving your goals. In others, it may be an indicator of a mis-match between therapist and client. A simple case of poor chemistry. Sometimes it means that my style of helping isn't what you need right now, or I remind you of someone or something that makes you feel uneasy. Should that happen, I'll be happy to help you find a therapist better suited to your personality and needs. 

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