Perhaps reading these sections will lead to a decision to take this journey for the first time---or return to it again. Maybe you're just beginning to think about the idea, and need some time to gather information. If you've had a good experience with psychotherapy in the past, you might even think of it as something you rely on to guide you throughout your life. In fact, every new developmental stage you enter benefits from re-evaluation and assessment.
I know that feeling depressed or anxious, having relationship conflicts, going through divorce, or experiencing problems with your teen are all difficult situations to handle on your own.
However, dealing with them alone may seem much easier than trying to explain everything to someone else. Your story is unique and probably seems complicated, I'm sure. But to create change in your life you must first tell this story to someone, allow her to help you make sense of it, and then create a new narrative to live by. This is the essence of transformation.
As in any important life choice, taking the first step requires a combination of good information and confidence in your ability to make the right decision for yourself.
First, you should know that there are a few different types of therapy, and many different kinds of therapists. Getting to know him or her in person will tell you whether it feels like there's a meeting of the minds, if she seems attuned to you, and how well you feel listened to and understood.
Two Types of Therapy
Psychotherapy can be very broadly divided into two types: cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic. The first teaches you how to learn and implement new behaviors, and the second helps you understand the changing course of your life.
One way of looking at how they each work is to think of psychodynamic therapy as a way of finding out where the adventure lies in the journey---what your own special story is, and its meaning--- and cognitive-behavioral therapy as an essential way to organize the trip. I think that these modalities are not only complementary to one another, but that utilizing them together frequently represents the best standard of care for my patients.
Please see other sections on this site for more information to assist you in making a decision to begin this process.