How Does Therapy Work?

Decades of research has shown that the single best predictor of successful therapy hinders not on the type of therapy, but on the quality of the relationship between therapist and client.  We are going talk - which means we both have to be active participants in this process.  If I have an answer to your problem I will offer it to you, but often the answers to life's most distressing questions can only be found deep within ourselves. I will learn as much as I can about your problem through your subjective experience. We will work to understand how your earliest relationships created the blueprint we are working from now and wish to refine so you can move through your life with more strength and understanding. 

I will ask that you freely share your thoughts and whatever is coming to mind in our session even if it seems unpleasant, irrelevant, or disagreeable - what Freud called "free association." Therapy is an ongoing weekly engagement, and getting the most out of therapy depends on your commitment to the process. 

 

Therapy has potential emotional risks and is not always pleasant. Accessing thoughts and feelings you've been trying to avoid can be painful, and our relationships can and do change while we're learning to set healthier boundaries and live more authentically. Making these changes to your life can be scary and disruptive, but many find the process and results rewarding.