Psychotherapy is not easily described in general statements. It varies depending on the personalities of the psychologist and patient, and the particular problems you bring forward. 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 consider the things you and your therapist talk about both during and between your sessions.

Psychotherapy can have benefits and risks. Since therapy often involves discussing unpleasant aspects of your life, you may experience uncomfortable feelings like sadness, guilt, anger, frustration, loneliness, and helplessness. On the other hand, psychotherapy has also been shown to have benefits for people who go through it. Therapy often leads to better relationships, solutions to specific problems, and significant reductions in feelings of distress.

 

Our first few sessions will involve an evaluation of your needs. By the end of the evaluation period, your therapist will be able to offer you some initial impressions of how your work together would be helpful and some of the difficulties that you two would address if you were to decide to continue with therapy. You should evaluate this information along with your own impressions of whether you feel comfortable working with your therapist.

Therapy involves a significant investment of time, money, and energy, so you should think carefully about making this commitment.