First off, thanks for reading this! You've already taken the first step in checking out the process of how therapy works. So let me tell you a little bit more about what to expect and if it can be helpful for you. Therapy is a place for you to come in, sit down, and discuss and explore your feelings, thoughts, behaviors, dilemmas, situations, events, etc. in a completely non-judgmental and safe environment. It can be helpful for just about anyone in the world who wants help and is open to gaining insight and understanding in how their thoughts, feelings, and behavior are impacting themselves and others. It can be a place to process these feelings and thoughts, a place to set goals, a place to reflect. It can be helpful to those who are diagnosed with severe mental illness and to those who are experiencing some symptoms or some feelings that are bothering them. It can be helpful for people experiencing feelings of sadness, anxiety, anger, paranoia, elation, fear, guilt, and/or feeling overwhelmed. It can be a life-changing experience that can assist you in overcoming thoughts and feelings that may be negatively impacting you with friends, at work, at home, and in the community. It can be a place where you feel supported, where thoughts and feelings may be normalized. It can be a place where you begin to feel and experience a change from within for the better, a place where you can learn positive things about yourself, and increase your self-esteem.
In order for therapy to really help, you need to be willing to make a change, and the first step in the process is taking the big step of calling and scheduling an appointment. A therapeutic environment provided by a licensed Psychologist such as myself, is one of the safest most supportive places you can discuss very personal things. It is an environment that is free of judgment and full of compassion and empathy. Each of us is different and unique, and if you decide to come in and try therapy, please know, that I will meet you where you are at psychologically, and I will listen and provide interventions as are necessary for your individual treatment, as it is your path not mine. This may sound like a hard process, but it can really make a big difference in your life, and help guide you to reaching your full potential. If you would like to give it a try, please know that you are not alone. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that in 2016, around 44.7 million people suffered from some type of mental illness ( ages 18 and over), and 19.2 million of those people have sought mental health treatment. So, if you are ready to make a change in your life, feel free to schedule an appointment by calling (916) 631-1539.