Psychotherapy is the process of facilitating change through the application of behavioral, mental-emotional, and somatic techniques over a period of time.
Depending on one's goals or concerns, psychotherapy can be brief (~6 months), lifelong, or in between. Shorter psychotherapy may focus more on immediate crisis management and stabilization, where longer-term psychotherapy can include more comprehensive or thorough examinations of oneself and one's life.
Sessions themselves range from 50-minutes more traditionally, or more intensive 100-minute sessions. Frequency is determined by need and availability.
Psychotherapy is but one tool we have to heal and seek solutions to our problems. Thus, it alone cannot be a guaranteed 'fix'.
In fact, if you change nothing else about your life, 1 hour of therapy in your life is unlikely to change much in a short time. Change will happen only as much as you make it happen. Therapy can help you discern what changes you need to make.
I provide psychoanalytic-based, psychodynamic, and Gestalt-influenced psychotherapy.
This means that as you express your story, I may offer interpretations or observations of what I see that you might not, education on the possible mechanics of whats going on, help you notice what you might not,and ultimately -- how to act NOW to help change your patterns.
This depends on your goals and expectations. If you expect to completely change a lifetime of mental conditioning in just 10 hours, therapy will not appear to work for you. If you expect to get out of it what you put into it -- therapy will work for you.
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