Avon New Jersey
Psychotherapy is a series of tailored conversations, the goal of which is improved emotional and psychological well-being. There are many forms of therapy, and each practitioner does things a bit differently. Therapy can focus on changing negative thought patterns, behaviors, or relationship dynamics. It can address family issues from long ago and their influence upon how we feel and think, or clean up communication within our current families. It can assist us to take better care of ourselves, or build confidence; help clarify values, improve communication skills, or provide relief from stress or pain. Mostly, it can open up new possibilities for better health and emotional growth. Psychotherapists work with people of all ages and at any stage of life; individually, in groups or with families. We work in many settings, and collaborate with each other and with other professionals. Psychotherapy is a flexible process: the best therapy starts where the client is, and adjusts itself to address the needs at hand. HOW DOES IT WORK? What can be most valuable about therapy is the process of becoming "unstuck": generally speaking, this is the biggest challenge people are facing when they call a therapist. Feeling defeated is profoundly uncomfortable, and impedes the ability to see things clearly, make decisions or sleep properly. It can cause us to feel unwell physically and contribute to illness; make us lonely, fearful or angry, prevent us from being able to control our behavior, drain us of energy, and rob us of joy and vibrancy. It can slow down, or speed up, our mental processes. Frustratingly, in efforts to free ourselves, we can swing between extremes; sometimes, we have no momentum at all. Good therapy is a collaboration between therapist and client; it ultimately provides “a way out” by tapping into previously unavailable resources for healing, so that a state of relaxed alertness can be achieved. The capacity for creative thought and action can thus be renewed, new skills easier to learn, and proper "fight" restored. HOW SHOULD I START? Make a call to a professional and explain the problem you are having. If the call goes well, set up an appointment. It's important to pay attention to your experience of the first session, and it should be both permissible and helpful to talk about this with the therapist. Most people do not know what to expect from therapy, and a candid conversation at this time can go a long way. Feel free to be in touch with me if you'd like to learn more about how I work.