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 in seeking new landscapes

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-Marcel Proust



 What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is often a longer term treatment which focuses more on gaining insight into chronic physical and emotional problems. It's focus is on the client's thought processes and way of being in the world rather than specific problems. The process involves the client and therapist sitting in a room talking, which is why it is often called "talk therapy". Goals may include, but are not limited to,  symptom relief, mood improvement, improved thinking and behaving patterns, insight and personality growth.

 What is Counseling?

Counseling refers to relatively brief intervention work, often focused on behavioral modification; though can also include spiritual guidance among other things. Counseling will focus on a specific problem or symptom, or specific set of problems or symptoms, utilizing advice and suggestions, and providing problem solving assistance.

Counseling and Psychotherapy;

There is often a lot of overlap between counseling and psychotherapy. A therapist may provide counseling with specific concerns and a counselor may function in a psychotherapeutic way in relationship with the client. Psychotherapy generally requires more skill and training than simple counseling, and is practiced by appropriately trained mental health professionals. A psychotherapist is qualified to provide counseling; a counselor may not be qualified to provide psychotherapy.

What is Hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy, as utilized by my practice, is a form of psychodynamic psychotherapy, also utilized in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. See Hypnosis FAQ.

What is Coaching?

Coaching is used to develop effective life goals and skills toward enhanced functioning and happier living. This may also include parenting instruction.

What is Transpersonal Psychotherapy?

The spiritual experience we have in life is also considered equally as valid and relevant to our mental health needs, incorporating the whole gestalt of a person's existence: the physical, mental, and spiritual- body, mind, and spirit. Transpersonal psychotherapy considers the experience of consciousness, and will utilize different therapies to address the needs of the unconscious, the ego, and the spiritual.

What does one do in Transpersonal Therapy?

Transpersonal therapy practices you can expect to see in my practice include the instruction and facilitation of; meditation, dream work, journaling, ritual development, expressive arts – to include visual, written, and musical, breathing skills, nature experiences, music, humanistic psychotherapy, support of the clients chosen devotional practices, and some shamanic work (I am not a shaman, nor a certified shamanic healer. As a shamanic practitioner, however, I offer skills to facilitate a course of therapy when useful and appropriate). If transpersonal therapy appears to be appropriate for you, the course of therapy is determined and collaborated on in partnership with you.

What are the Benefits to Transpersonal Therapy?

"The goals of transpersonal therapy include both traditional ones, such as symptom relief and behavior change, and, for appropriate clients, the introduction of a variety of methods aimed at the transpersonal level. The later includes the provision of an adequate conceptual framework for handling transpersonal experiences; information on psychological potential; realization of the importance of assuming responsibility, not only for one's behavior but for one's experience; discovery of the possibility of using all life experience as a part of learning; experiencing the existence and potentials of altered states; and understanding the usefulness, limits, and dangers of attachment to fixed models and expectations. In addition to working through psychodynamic processes, the therapist may also assist the client in beginning to disidentify from them" (Boorstein, 1996, Transpersonal Psychotherapy 2nd Ed., p. 22).

If I’m in therapy, am I ‘sick’?

Psychotherapy aims to treat people who are having difficulties functioning at home, at work, at school, in relationships, or with meaning in life. These challenges are more common than we think. This could be the result of a mental illness, or challenges with positive thinking, life patterns, emotion regulation and behavior management. A diagnosis is simply a means to conceptualize one’s challenges in life. It is the philosophy of this practice that diagnoses are tools, nothing more and clients are encouraged not to identify with a diagnosis, but rather to focus on therapy and recovery. Perhaps your symptoms have lead to a diagnosis, however the aim in psychotherapy is to look more deeply into the emotions, conflicts and distress behind these diagnoses.

 How long will it take?

The length of treatment is determined by collaboration between you and the therapist following assessment, and continued collaboration throughout treatment. A brief course of psychotherapy would last about six to twelve weeks, and long term individual therapy can last for a couple of years. The benefits of psychotherapy can continue long after the treatment period itself has finished.

 How often are the sessions?

Twice per week to once every two weeks.

 How long are the sessions?

A ‘therapy hour’ is 50 minutes, for individuals and couples. Family sessions are 110 minutes (1hr 50min). Groups are allotted a time schedule according to design and purpose.

 What are the benefits?

Research indicates that psychotherapy is effective in reducing symptoms, developing insight, improving relationships and one’s self esteem. It is not possible to predict the specific benefits for everyone from the start as everyone is unique. The exploration and the journey, the process, is often as important as the goals.

 Does it work?

Decades of research support the efficacy of psychotherapy. The important thing to keep in mind is that change occurs with the client’s participation in relationship with the therapist. Healing is not done to you, it is journeyed by you and with you. The therapist facilitates healing in partnership with the true healer- the client him or herself.