Services: Psychotherapy for Individuals and Couples

Psychotherapy, also known as "talk therapy", is a traditional mental health treatment modality. It is the coming together of the therapist and client to form a safe and trusting relationship in which the client has the opportunity to understand himself/herself better and to make the changes needed to achieve his/her goals. Emotional distress often stems from unconscious negative beliefs that we acquire from early life experiences. Psychotherapy is the process of bringing the unconscious beliefs and motivations to conscious awareness through the trusting relationship that develops between the therapist and the client. To help ensure it's success, it requires both interaction and exploration of the interaction between therapist and client, a sharing of real feelings and mutual disclosure about the feelings evoked in the therapy. Through the safety of this relationship, a client can gain self-awareness, explore negative beliefs about himself/herself, change these beliefs to more adaptive ones and develop more effective behavioral patterns.

Psychotherapy can be very beneficial but there are also possible risks. These may include:

  • experiencing intense and uncomfortable feelings
  • remembering painful events from the past
  • facing unpleasant thoughts and beliefs
  • changing relationships with others
  • increasing awareness of feelings and personal values
  • making major life decisions

"Like all explorers, we are drawn to discover what's waiting out there without knowing yet if we have the courage to face it."
- Pema Chodrom