Individual therapy (sometimes called “psychotherapy” or “counseling”) is a process through which patients work one-on-one with a trained therapist—in a safe, caring, and confidential environment—to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, work through challenging or influential memories, identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals, and work toward desired change.
The process of individual therapy starts with an intake appointment to gather demographic information, pertinent background history, an assessment of concerns and challenges and the formulation of a plan to set and meet goals. Session frequency is contingent on how the patient is doing, their wants/needs and what insurance plans may allow.
Couples often seek help not because their problems are different from those of other couples, but because they are unable to resolve them. Sometimes, this is because of a buildup of frustration and disappointment over time, sometimes because there is some other issue or meaning underlying the conflict. Other couples seek help as a result of a crisis in the relationship, such as an affair or apparent loss of affection and caring, or a traumatic event, such as an illness or loss in the family. The aim is to help them gain a better understanding of themselves and their partner, to decide if they need and want to make changes, and if so, to help them to do so.
The process of couples therapy starts with an intake appointment together to gather their history and their perspectives, concerns and challenges within the relationship. Sometimes, I will ask to meet with the couple individually for a 50-minute session to gather more information. After the intake and the individual sessions, I will see the couple together for weekly 50-minute sessions. Session frequency is contingent on how the couple is doing, their wants/needs and what insurance plans may allow.
"I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
– Maya Angelou