Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of problems can therapy help?
Psychotherapy (also known as talk-therapy) can help to address a number of concerns. One of the most common reasons people come to therapy is because they're unsatisfied with their relationships. Some people have a difficult time finding and maintaining romantic relationships. Others have no problems getting into or staying in romantic relationships, but find their relationships are empty, turbulent or otherwise unpleasant. Others are unhappy with the relationships they have with their parents, their siblings, their own children, their boss, their roommates, their friends and/or their coworkers.
When people come to therapy for help with relationships, they often feel desperate. They've tried everything they can imagine to improve their relationships, but nothing has worked.
Therapy can help clients learn more about their role in the relationship, thereby casting new light on the situation. Understanding how you contribute to the dynamic of a relationship puts you in a better position to change the dynamic.
Therapy also has tremendous success in helping people with mood disorders like anxiety and depression. People with feelings of loneliness, emptiness, and low self-worth can also be greatly helped in therapy.
How do I pick a therapist? How do I know what type of therapy is right for me?
Although different schools of therapy like to argue over which type of therapy is best, there is increasing evidence that the quality of the therapeutic relationship is more important than the therapist's theoretical orientation or treatment modality.
I believe that it's best to schedule an appointment with a therapist and meet face-to-face before making a final decision. During the meeting, the therapist will be able to assess whether she thinks she can help, and you'll be able to determine whether this is a person with whom you'll feel comfortable talking.
How long does therapy last?
That depends. Some types of therapy are very short--twelve sessions or less. In other types of therapy, such as psychoanalysis, it's not uncommon for a treatment to last nine years or more.
I practice open-ended therapy, which means that there is no pre-imposed time limit on our work together. The length of the therapy is determined by the nature of your problem. The therapy begins when you are ready and ends when you and I agree that our work together is done.