Some individuals seek treatment to alleviate distressing symptoms, some
seek help because they feel "stuck" or need to find solutions to particular problems, while others seek self-exploration
and personal growth. Psychotherapy is a process of sharing one's experiences, thoughts and feelings within the context
of a trusting, supportive relationship with the ultimate goal of attaining greater emotional health.
There are many approaches to psychotherapy. Therapists from different schools of thought attribute problems to different
sources. Their approaches to treatment also vary accordingly. For instance, cognitive-behavioral therapists
(CBT) emphasize the role of thinking in how we feel and what we do. CBT stresses the fact that thoughts, rather than
people or events, cause our negative feelings. CBT is a structured collaboration between therapist and client and often
calls for homework assignments. Psychodynamic therapy, also known as insight-oriented therapy, holds that bringing
the unconscious to conscious awareness promotes insight and resolves conflict. These are only two of many theoretical
orientations to therapy. Remember that the relationship between therapist and client has been shown to be more strongly
related to good outcome than any particular technique.
My approach to treatment is eclectic, drawing from
several different orientations taking into account the needs, thinking styles and strengths of my clients. I will collaborate
with my clients to help them identify and achieve their goals and will guide them on their journey toward emotional well-being
and personal fulfillment. I will also work closely with a psychiatrist in cases where medication may be necessary.