Thriving in Therapy
Make the most of your time.
Individual therapy sessions.
“Finally, I can let go and go on.” -Happy Client
Individual therapy is a space for the therapist and client to construct a personalized therapeutic alliance for problem solving and creating change. It’s in these sessions that I try to connect with people, by putting myself in their shoes to explore how they view themselves, their pasts, and obstacles in their lives.
Relationship therapy sessions.
“Our relationship works again.” -Happy Client
Relationships are an important part of our lives.
We can’t escape them unless we squirrel away our very existence. Whether at work, home, in our personal lives, or in the community can influence how we see ourselves, how we see others, and how we interact with our environments. It is no surprise that disruptive relationships can have an affect on our goals and priorities, while healthy connections do have lasting positive effects.
Therapy can help you identify core beliefs about relationships that are actually preventing you from making meaningful connections.
Things my clients want you to know.
“I didn’t know I could feel better so fast.” -Happy Client
There are actually several suggestions my clients have shared with me that have helped them get the most out of therapy, and may help you do the same.
“Bringing a journal helps me remember our talks.”
During individual therapy it is common that we will construct actionable items for you to practice between sessions. We will also spend a significant amount of time “rewriting” your inner dialogue and mapping out new ways of living. Having a journal or notebook can help you document your progress, but also helps you know where you want to begin in your next session.
“I had to trust and open up to the process of therapy.”
Many clients have shared that they are getting more out of each session with me than they did in years of therapy before. This is possible because of my psychoeducational approach and clients’ openness to the therapeutic process.
“When I stopped blaming others, I took back control of my life.”
When clients are able to see themselves objectively and as conscious creators of their thoughts and behaviors, they often progress more quickly through therapy than those looking to place blame on others.
“Coming in with two or three things that have been on my mind has allowed us to talk about my life in the present – and that changed everything.”
When people need a place to “vent” their frustrations, therapy can act as a release valve. However, to create change in cognitive and emotional processes as well as progress in personal growth, it helps to come prepared to begin each session with a concern you would like to address.
“When I don’t practice, I don’t make progress.”
Irvin D. Yalom, one of the most regarded psychotherapists in modern times, wrote in The Gift of Therapy: An Open Letter to a New Generation of Therapists and Their Patients, “Friendship between therapist and patients is a necessary condition in the process of therapy – necessary, but not, however, sufficient. Psychotherapy is not a substitute for life but a dress rehearsal for life, In other words, though psychotherapy requires a close relationship, the relationship is not an end – it is a means to an end.”