Over the years, several clients have come to me, apprehensive as to what therapy is all about. “I need help, can you fix the problem?”, is the question I have been often asked. I gently assured them that I would help them find the answers themselves.
The therapeutic process facilitates insight, personal growth and integration on cognitive, affective and behavioral levels. It clarifies issues, increases physical and emotional well-being, enhances learning and helps you develop new skills.
There is a myth, that being in therapy is a sign of weakness. When in fact, reaching out for help is an act of courage and definitely one of the first steps of this journey.
As your therapist, I will be with you every step of the way. I will guide you, challenge you to find your strengths and help you find options and develop healthy coping skills. I can assure you of a safe, non-judgmental, understanding and nurturing environment for you to explore your choices, behaviors, thoughts and emotions.
The relationship you forge with me, your therapist, is essential to the effectiveness of the process. It is very important that you feel comfortable with me. Honesty is an important ingredient of this relationship. Making yourself vulnerable to another human being is not easy, especially a stranger. It is possible that talking about some things can be very painful for you. What will allow you to make lasting positive changes in your life is trusting that it is safe to release both your negative and positive feelings, as well as realizing that the therapeutic relationship will give you the opportunity to explore your sources of conflict and confusion in an empathetic and safe environment.
Every individual is unique and hence working with you will help me determine the most effective treatment plan for you, incorporating a combination of approaches and techniques, some of which include cognitive – behavioral therapy, image transformation therapy, creative therapies and mindfulness. If, during the assessment or after a few sessions I determine that a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action, I will refer you to a psychiatrist who will do a thorough assessment to determine what medication is best suited for you.
It will be my privilege to work with you so please call or email to set up your first appointment. My practice welcomes people from diverse backgrounds and different faiths as well as members of the LGBTQIA community.