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 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.