Individual Psychotherapy

Individual PsychotherapyIndividual psychotherapy and counseling is an opportunity to explore authentic feelings and emotions with a professional therapist with the intent of reducing symptoms; addressing, and ultimately changing, behavioral and other issues/disorders that are causing conflict and suffering for the patient.  Successful therapy requires an open, honest, and trusting relationship between patient and therapist.

It is very important, when meeting a therapist for the first time,  the patient feels a sense that they are understood and that the therapist seems capable of insights and interventions that make the patient feel a sense of possibility in their work together.  Whether new to therapy, or seeking help after many years of treatment, the prospective patient should feel that this new relationship is “fresh” and presents new ideas for helping them.

Therapy, Trust, and Commitment

Individual psychotherapy is also about trust:  trust in the therapist to remain focused on symptoms and treatment goals, trust that the therapist is committed to the process and employs their skill set to the fullest.  Confidentiality is paramount and any sense that it has been violated can destroy any sense of trust and, subsequently, the relationship.

Individual psychotherapy calls upon the patient to make a commitment to the process, strive for authenticity and hold the therapist accountable to the process as well.  By this I mean that the patient should tell the therapist if they are not in agreement about any aspect of their work.  By doing so, the patient learns that self-advocacy reflects a greater sense of self-importance, very often an issue psychotherapy strives to address.

Courage brings love’s authenticity within reach, as well as the understanding and satisfaction of knowing

that our journey is continuous and that we are the principle determinants of our future.

~ Peter C. Turco

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