What will I have to do?
Everyone inevitably encounters a relationship problem, or a health or sexual problem affecting their relationship that they are unable to resolve on their own. The role of the therapist is to come alongside to help with that process.
Psychotherapy is a much more full and deep experience than simply solving problems. The focus is often upon what you are experiencing on a subtle level, whether it is your thoughts, feelings, or behavior. It works best when you share those as openly and honestly as possible. Some people find this easier than others.
Most of us screen our thoughts and feelings, often editing what we share with others without realizing it. While sometimes useful, this may also be because we find them embarrassing or painful. Often what is withheld only serves to increase the personal pain that one is seeking to avoid.
One of the roles of a therapist is to help you feel more comfortable sharing your thoughts, feelings and behaviors, so that new ways of thinking and acting may be explored. The goal is to facilitate the change you want for your personal wellbeing. By doing this, you increase your chances of making the most of your sessions.
It is important that you find someone who helps you feel understood and accepted, and with whom you feel safe enough to explore your most deeply felt sources of pain and conflict in a setting that both confidential and private.
Depending upon the nature of the issues being addressed at the time, sessions are generally scheduled for 50 or 75 minutes. If appropriate, longer sessions can also be arranged. Sessions can be scheduled weekly or biweekly, or as needed and agreed upon.
I welcome any questions that you may have, and would be happy to talk with you about your situation. Call 425-247-1880 for a free 20-minute confidential phone appointment.