What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a treatment that addresses psychological distress and problems in life. Psychotherapy, as I practice it, is a collaborative process. The intent is to build a relationship with you where you feel free to explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours - particularly those thoughts, feelings, and behaviours that may be causing you psychological distress, impeding progress in achieving your life goals, and/or getting in the way of your ability to find fulfillment and meaning in your life.
Psychotherapy usually leads to improved relationships, healthy solutions to specific problems, and significant increases in mental clarity and emotional balance.
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, I would recommend you work on things we talk about both during our sessions and at home.
I usually begin therapy with a new client by having an initial meeting where we can chat and where you reveal a bit about yourself, the way you think and function in the world and the characteristics of that world. I may ask what you think of as 'obvious' questions but these questions help me to get to know you better and get a better understanding of your situation.