At various stages and points in life, there are obstacles or challenges that arise. You may feel anxious or at a low and this can have a negative effect on your day to day life, influencing your thoughts, behaviors, relationships with others and of course your performance at work. We all have problems.That is just one of the facts of life, but when those problems become too serious, too overwhelming or simply too distressing, it’s time to seek professional help. Just acknowledging that your problem is bigger than you and more than you can successfully handle on your own is the first step towards healthy functioning. You don’t have to suffer alone. Choosing to seek help through psychotherapy or counseling is a sign of strength and resourcefulness.
Some of the reasons people seek my help include the following:
- Anxiety, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic, phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder.
- Anger, irritability and aggression.
- Depression, including mild to severe depression and mood disorders such as bipolar disorder.
- Eating disorders, anorexia, bulimia, body image problems.
- Marriage counseling and relationship therapy for relationships of all kinds.
- Recovery from addictions including alcohol, substance abuse and other addictive behaviors.
- Stress management for living more peacefully in a stressful world.
- Parenting and family concerns.
- Obsessive - compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Grief counseling as well as coping with other kinds of losses and transitions.
- Conflict resolution for individuals and families.
- Job and career stress and help finding balance between work and life at home.
- Personal development and wellness, restoring self-esteem.
- Enhancing interpersonal and social skills.
- Developing assertiveness and confidence.
A treatment plan is devised to the specific needs and issues of each client. A variety of techniques from more than one therapy approach are chosen. The resulting therapy is pragmatic and tailored to the individual.
There are short and long term goals for therapy. The short term goal is intended to let every individual leave my clinic in a better mood and a more positive attitude than when he or she first stepped in. The long term goals are intended to give a whole range of techniques, exercises and practices, which would be for a lifetime.
Choosing a psychologist is not an easy task, the kind of relationship you will have with your therapist will definitely affect the outcome of your therapy. Choose a therapist you are comfortable with and with whom you are able to communicate in a clear manner. Be attentive that he or she is conscientious, and above all ethical.
As a clinical psychologist, my primary concern is the overall well-being and improved life satisfaction of my clients. Together we build confidence, self esteem and the capacity to handle life’s problems in a constructive way. Therapy is interactive.
The client is very much part of the solution. He or she is encouraged to take control of his or her own life, without having to revert back to the therapist should any problem arise in the future. Dependency is not encouraged. The length of therapy depends very much on the nature of the case and of course the seriousness and the willingness of the client to move forward.
For some, a single visit can give much insight to their lives. While for others, several sessions are needed in order to fully grasp the techniques and tools of handling their problem.
Absolute privacy and confidentiality in therapy is your right. Knowing and trusting that anything you say will be safely contained in the therapeutic space is essential to meaningful therapy.