Psychotherapy is not easily described in general statements. It varies depending on the personality of both the therapist and the client and the particular problems the client brings.
Psychotherapy is not like a medical doctor visit. Instead, it calls for a very active effort on your part. In order for the therapy to be most successful, you will have to work on things we talk about both during our sessions and at home.
We might meet one time and get the job done (it happens), or we may decide together to meet on a schedule (usually weekly, or once or twice a month). In any case, we will decide together how to proceed and how we will know when we are done.
One of the things I will not do is bring along the typical expectations of your family and friends. Love you though they may, they have needs of their own and these color the way they listen and respond to you. I try to limit my needs to having you show up, ready to talk. Simple. But not always easy.
I will assume that you are already the best authority on your own life, even if things get confusing or complicated sometimes.
Psychotherapy can have benefits and risks. Discussing unpleasant aspects of your life may make you feel uncomfortable and bring feelings such as sadness, guilt, shame, anger, frustration, loneliness and helplessness while the process of healing takes place. When you can experience these feelings and tolerate them in a safe environment, then you know it’s working. On the other hand, psychotherapy also offers benefits. Therapy often leads to better relationships, solutions to specific problems, less distress, a good night’s sleep, and better tools for managing your life outside of therapy.
Psychotherapy can work well when combined with other methods, such as exercise, meditation, or medication. I will work with your other providers toward a comprehensive solution. Although I am no longer in practice as a lawyer, I tend to understand and communicate well with lawyers if that happens to be part of the context.
However, I do not get involved in Family Court, workers compensation, EEOC, or hostile workplace cases. If you are looking for an advocate, please look elsewhere. Please also know that most insurance plans DO NOT cover formal forensic assessments, such as for courts and probation. I do not do faith-based counseling. I no longer accept Medicare or Tricare. I do accept Medicaid (Quest) and Veteran’s Choice (VAPC3) referrals.
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