Common Questions


What is psychotherapy? 

Psychotherapy is a powerful, proven method of helping people change the way they feel. It is the practice of talking things through with a skilled and trusted professional who can help clients make positive changes in their lives. It is a healing method based upon both the science of psychology and the skills of understanding, teaching, challenging and supporting  . . . a process that helps you become the person you were born to be.

What happens during psychotherapy?

Every session is different because every client is different, as are their problems. Your psychotherapist will encourage you to talk and explore your feelings and experiences.

In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report new insights gained from the previous 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.

How does psychotherapy work?

You make therapy successful. 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 for you to integrate what you learn in session back into your life.  People seeking psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and are willing to take responsibility for their lives.

Is this confidential?

Psychotherapy is confidential and private. No information about therapy sessions can be released to anyone without your written permission.

There are legal exceptions to confidentiality when someone is a danger to themselves or others, or when there is evidence of the physical or sexual abuse of children.