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About Therapy

About Therapy

Therapy has one overarching goal: to help you alleviate distress.

Of course, distress can take many different forms. Sometimes it is a set of symptoms, like those associated with anxiety or depression. Other times it may involve a key relationship, such as a romantic relationship or a marriage. And still other times it may involve a problematic situation, such as a divorce process, job issue, or a family matter.

Therapy helps you understand––and change––the underlying emotional factors that are driving your distress. During the course of therapy, you can expect us to explore your unique psychology. This may involve emotions, thinking patterns, core beliefs, key relationships, and your personal history. Once we understand the factors that are contributing to your emotional patterns, we can then figure out the steps you need to take to make lasting improvements in your life.

Psychotherapy requires your full participation. It’s a highly collaborative process. By coming to sessions, you are essentially inviting someone else to join forces with you as you take steps to address your concerns and improve the quality of your life.