What is Psychotherapy?

While we may courageously endure and sincerely try to improve ourselves or change a difficult situation, we tend to use the only tools we've got. Sometimes those tools aren't enough. Or we use the right tool at the wrong time, or in the wrong way. Psychotherapy is a way to get some new tools, learn to use the ones we already own, and have a safe place to practice using them with some guidance and support. (Have you ever gone to Home Depot or Lowes and discovered a nifty gadget you didn't know about – and it really did prove to be a time saver? Now you use your electric drill, but sometimes you still like to use grandpa's old screwdriver that's in the kitchen drawer?) Psychotherapy is about having a choice of tools, instead of using only what you first bought or were given, or trying to work without a tool you didn't know even existed.

Learn New Behavior

Improve self-management
Stop destructive behaviors distressing self and others
Cope better with stress, anxiety, emotions, and mood
Reduce the negative impact of chronic physical and/or mental illness

Build Better Relationships

Resolve marital problems
Strengthen abilities to choose and be a loving partner
Parent more effectively
Decrease conflict; increase the fun, connection, and intimacy
Appropriately assist impaired family members, aging parents
Deal effectively with difficult people and demanding work situations

Embrace Change

Leave poor choices and unproductive situations behind
Explore options
Create more meaningful, manageable, and rewarding lifestyles

Heal, grow, and be happy

Overcome the negative effects of damaging life experiences
Regain safety, self-respect, trust, and confidence when recovering from victimization
Resolve grief and transform losses into well-earned wisdom and valuable life experience to promote better choices and future alternatives
Clarify beliefs, values, and questions of faith
Strengthen one’s ability to act with courage, competence, and integrity

Is Psychotherapy right for you?
Psychotherapy is a resource for proactive individuals wanting to solve problems, enrich their lives, and attain their personal and professional best. It requires a strong desire to:

1. get “unstuck”
2. be open to new information
3. experiment with unfamiliar skills and strategies
4. tolerate discomfort -- “wait it out” while sorting through complexities, confusion, and soul-searching
5. decide and develop a plan of action; take informed risks
6. assess results, revise accordingly, and move forward!