What is “Therapy”?
What can I expect in “treatment”?
First and foremost, you will be treated based on your own experiences, not from impractical theoretical knowledge that isn’t relevant to your problem. Theory is important in that it gives us a framework upon which we can build your return to good mental health, but must be balanced with sound practical treatment.
Goals of the Therapeutic Process
Wellness Rather Than Illness
Wellness relates to the enjoyment of life, ability to cope with adversity, the fulfillment of goals, and a sense of connection. Mental health is about wellness rather than illness and is not merely the absence of a mental health condition.
To Apply New Skills to Old and Current Problems
By focus on solutions that will bring you peace of mind, we teach techniques that can be used at anytime and anywhere.
To Resolve Past Trauma
You have already overcome so much! Now is the time to resolve the past so you can move forward in health and happiness.
A General Understanding
Mental Health treatment is more commonly referred to as psychotherapy or counseling, and is meant to help people work through emotional and/or behavioral problems. You speak with someone about your problems in the hopes of finding solutions that work for you. The therapeutic relationship is unique in that it is a highly personal while also a contractual agreement. Given this, it is important to be clear about how our relationship will work, and what each of us can expect.
So what is counseling like?
- It is a safe place where you will be accepted no matter what your struggle or difficulty.
- It is an opportunity to grow personally and spiritually.
- It is Personally challenging.
- It is deeply personal and different for each person.
- Most sessions are 45 – 50 minutes in length.
The Therapeutic Process
The outcome of your treatment depends largely on your willingness to engage in the therapeutic process, which may at times result in discomfort. Remembering unpleasant events and becoming aware of feelings attached to those events can bring on strong feelings.
The process of therapy may include, but is not limited to:
- Helping you to resolve personal issues
- Education concerning the root of personal difficulties
- Learning and applying new skills
- Rejecting destructive ways of thinking and behaving
- Gaining knowledge and insight concerning personal motivations
- Working through issues of or trauma
- Learning to develop healthy relationships with yourself or others
There are no miracle cures. I cannot promise that your behavior or circumstance will change. I can promise to support you and do my very best to help you work through your problems.