Psychotherapy | Mental Health Counseling
We learn patterns and habits in order to adapt to the world and take care of ourselves. Sometimes, the habits that helped us in the past get in the way or hurt us in the present. Sometimes, we need help to see what those patterns are, where they came from, and how we can improve them.
Psychotherapy, or mental health counseling, is one way we can be curious about who we are, what we do, and why. A psychotherapist provides a safe, structured place where you can feel listened to and understood without judgment.
What makes psychotherapy work?
Researchers have demonstrated that the most important factor that predicts successful psychotherapy is the therapeutic alliance between therapist and client. This means the relationship you have with your therapist is more important than the therapist’s education or specific training. You get to play an active part in the relationship, learn about yourself through giving and receiving honest feedback, and practice new skills in a safe place.
What is psychotherapy like?
Mental health counseling varies depending on who the counselor is, their education and training, and the nature of what you want to talk about. Counselors use many different methods to help you change and heal. Counseling often involves discussing unpleasant aspects of your life, and you may experience uncomfortable feelings like sadness, guilt, anger, frustration, loneliness, and helplessness. Counseling often leads to better relationships, solutions to specific problems, and reduced distress.
Some of the approaches to psychotherapy we offer include:
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Every experience we have involves feeling things, doing things, and thinking things (otherwise known as affect, behaviors, and cognitions, the ABCs of CBT). Each of these influences the other two. By observing and changing your own ABCs you can make lasting changes in your life.
- Existential Psychotherapy: The three most important relationships in your life are the relationships you have with yourself, other people, and the world around you. The way you are in these relationships, your being in them, is the focus of this type of therapy and both where much suffering and much meaning originate.
- Transpersonal Psychotherapy: Each of us has an innate desire for transcendence and wholeness. Living out of touch with these desires can lead to feeling profoundly empty or missing, and endlessly searching for things outside yourself. Living in sync with these natural and healthy desires leads to feeling satisfied, and transformation of yourself and the world around you.
How long does psychotherapy take?
The first few sessions will involve an evaluation of your needs. During and after this evaluation you will learn what the work will include and what your treatment plan will look like. Mental health counseling can involve a large commitment of time, money, and energy, so you should be very careful about the counselor you select. This healing relationship often involves months of commitment, but there is no set amount of time we can come up with before hand. Every person is unique, and every healing relationship takes as much time as it needs to take.
We always encourage you to ask questions and clarify your expectations.
From ancient times it has been recognized that there is an intimate relationship between the activity and life of human beings and their natural environment. The root of all life is yin and yang; this includes everything in the universe, with heaven above and earth below, within the four directions and the nine continents… The universal yin and yang transform into the five earthly transformative energies, also known as the five elemental phases that consist of wood, fire, earth, metal and water.
— Huang Di
Mental Health Counseling Helps With
Acute or chronic, pain is deleterious to your physical, mental and spiritual well-being and pain control is important while attending to healing without the need for narcotic pain relievers.
Restoration and healing occur during restful and deep sleep so adequate rest is essential to maintaining health and creating the right conditions for healing to occur.
Psychotherapy can bring things to the forefront and the result can be reduced worry and stress.