Frequently Asked Questions...

What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a general term that is used to describe the process of treating psychological disorders and mental distress. During this process the therapist helps the client tackle a specific or general problem such as a particular mental illness or a source of life stress. Psychotherapy aims to help people experience life more deeply, enjoy more satisfying relationships, resolve painful conflicts and better integrate all the parts of their personalities.

What are the risks of counseling?

Psychotherapy has both benefits and risks. Risks sometimes include experiencing uncomfortable levels of feelings like sadness, guilt, anxiety, anger and frustration, loneliness and helplessness. I believe that therapists and clients are partners in the therapeutic process. Throughout the course of care I will provide feedback, interpretation, and recommendations in helping you reach your goals. If you or I feel you are not benefiting from treatment, possible alternatives for therapeutic treatment, that may better foster progress, will be discussed.

What about medication vs. psychotherapy?

It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what's best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. 

Will the discussions with my therapist be confidential?

Yes. All conversation, and even the fact that you are seeing a therapist, is kept strictly confidential. With few exceptions, I do not communicate with any family members, school or work officials, physicians, friends or significant other without your written consent. However, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:

1) Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children,

adults and elders. In this case therapists are obligated to

inform the proper authorities based upon information

provided by the client or collateral source.

2) If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is in

serious danger of harming him/herself or has threatened

to harm another person.