What is therapy like?
Because each person has different issues and goals for therapy, therapy will be different depending on the individual. In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress (or any new insights gained) from the previous therapy session. Depending on your specific needs, therapy can be short-term, for a specific issue, or longer-term, to deal with more difficult patterns or your desire for more personal development. Either way, it is most common to schedule regular sessions with your therapist (usually weekly).
It is important to understand that you will get more results from therapy if you actively participate in the process. The ultimate purpose of therapy is to help you bring what you learn in session back into your life. Therefore, beyond the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process - such as reading a pertinent book, journaling on specific topics, noting particular behaviors or taking action on your goals. People seeking psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.
Therapeutic process and what to expect from therapy
Participation in therapy can result in a number of benefits to you, including improving interpersonal relationships and resolution of the specific concerns. Working toward these benefits requires your active involvement, honesty, and openness in order to enhance your thoughts, feelings, and/or behavior. Through our therapy sessions, you might develop unpleasant feelings and thoughts as well as new insights. Also, you may experience challenge and conflict. It might be difficult and confusing at times, but it will give you a precious opportunity to explore new aspects of yourself.
My counseling philosophy is influenced by Adlerian and Gestalt therapies and my approach is holistic, humanistic, and relationship-oriented. I hold a sense of trust that people have capacity to solve their own issues and potential to grow. I build collaborative, trusting, and caring relationships with clients and maintain them throughout the therapy. Therapeutic goals will be decided through discussion, considering your needs and desired outcomes. Every individual and situation is unique, and I cannot predict the length of therapy needed or guarantee a specific outcome or result. However, what I can say for sure is that your consistent participation in therapy and openess to new perspectives and behaviors will increase effectiveness of psychotherapy.