Therapist Relationship Category

Three Reasons to Start Therapy in the Summer

When is the best time to seek help through therapy? It is easy to find reasons not to go to therapy or to put it off for a better time of year. Here are some reasons why summer is an excellent time to try therapy.

1) When engaging in therapy it is very important to balance the hard work you will do in sessions with relaxing enjoyable activities. Summer is the perfect time to find this balance because the days are warm and sunlight abundant. There are many opportunities to get outside and engage in relaxing activities after a session.

The time you spend sitting outside, talking a walk around the neighborhood, swimming or traveling allows your unconscious mind to process the issues you work on in therapy. As a result you may make considerably more progress in the summer than other times of year.

2) Therapy is effective when you are ready and willing to try something new and make some changes in your life. Often summer is already a time of changed routines.

If you are a parent, teache...

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It takes courage to look inside

When I think of all of the patients I have worked with over the years I think of all that they have accomplished through the trusting relationship we were able to create.  I know how much courage it takes to look inside oneself and learn how to shine light into those dark places.  In a recent conversation with a patient she was struggling with why she continued to have the same negative thoughts.  I validated her feelings and supported her emotionally and as I sat there with her she eventually blurted out (much to her surprise) what the real problem was.  I heard the pain and we worked on the negative belief.  She showed great courage in continuing to work on the issues instead of running away or hiding as she had done in the past.  It was amazing to be with her through this and to see the strong capapble woman she was.  It reall does take a lot of courage to go inside.

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Unexpected results

What amazes most about hypnotherapy is that results can be positive in unexpected ways. Recently, I worked with 3 of my clients on issues ranging from self-confidence when speaking a new language, to reconnecting with their higher self to helping with insomnia.

I was surprised to hear back from them a week or so later. Each client told me that they had stopped smoking without even really trying; they simply no longer felt the urge. Also, their addiction to sugar had subsided to almost nothing.

I'm humbled by such amazing results because I have almost nothing to do with them. I am simply a guide to your inner kickass self! It's the dynamic between the hypnotherapist and the client that creates miracles. I truly enjoy being a hypnotherapist.


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Thank you for taking the time to read our information. I hope we can help!

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What is Insight-Oriented Psychotherapy?

Every once in awhile I am asked how my style of therapy helps people, so I decided to write this short post to explain my chosen method of helping people. Insight-Oriented therapy is a briefer form of psychoanalysis which was first conceived of by Sigmund Freud. It is a psychodynamic therapy that is centered around the idea that there are maladaptive cognitive processes in place and that those processes are for the most part unconscious.

The cure lies in making those processes conscious through free association and interpretation. As an insight-oriented therapist my aim is to help you think differently. The first step in my work with people is to support them by treating the discomfort they are feeling and then through a gradual process we uncover the mechanisms that prevent change. Then we develop and build strategies together to create lasting change.

My approach to the work is based on the relationship we create together in the room. We use that relationship to inform you how you ...

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Journey Through Therapy - The Ups and Downs

Have you ever had one of those amazing realizations that are earth shattering and sure to change your life forever — only to find that a few days later things are right back to where they were before? Or have you noticed that sometimes after the week from hell life suddenly seems to shift and everything gets easier? If yes, you come well prepared for the emotional journey that can be psychotherapy.

For most people, making the decision to see a psychotherapist is a difficult one. We have learned that we should be strong enough to deal with our feelings and emotions ourselves. Going out and looking for help seems like a sign of weakness. We also have been taught to keep family issues to ourselves and to not speak ill of the dead and those close to us, at least not to strangers. And if none of those outer rules deter us from going into therapy, the fear of drudging up the past, opening old wounds, and dealing with the shadows of our personalities are just enough to make us turn aro...

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Why You Should NOT Write Online Reviews of Therapists

Have you ever considered writing a review about a therapist?  I encourage you NOT to do so.  

Here's why:

Many of us rely on information we can glean from the internet.  Very often, I find electricians, plumbers, car repair services, etc. by checking out the business's online reviews.

There are even review sites for MD's and psychotherapists.

But should you use them?  Should you write a review yourself?

Whether you've had a great or a terrible experience, it's very tempting to write a review of a health care provider.  After all, you'd tell people what you thought about a restaurant, right?

So why wouldn't you?

One huge reason:  It risks your confidentiality in ways you might not predict.  For example, while you may only have a "user name," what happens if your reviewer profile has a picture?  Or, if you do enough reviews, someone who could figure out who you are from another review would know who you are when you cover a health/mental heal...

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Should I Be Concerned If My Therapist Sees A Therapist?

[From the Downtown Therapy blog]


Short answer: no.

Long answer… If you don’t feel that seeing a therapist yourself (or therapy itself) is bad, then why should it be concerning if your therapist chooses to see someone? Many therapists see their own therapist, and it shouldn’t be surprising. After all, therapists are tasked with working with a wide array of potential concerns from an even wider array of individuals and couples. That’s a lot of emotion and anger, and anxiety to contend with; depending upon what’s going on in that therapist’s life sometimes the therapist-as-therapist and the therapist-as-private-individual divide can become difficult to delineate.

A rough metaphor would be working with a fitness trainer and then one day coming into the gym and seeing your trainer privately working out, perhaps even struggling with her regimen in a way that is proportionate to your own.

This concern speaks to an expectation in some quarters t...

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My Friend Needs A Therapist - Will You Contact Them?

Short answer: I can’t.

Longer answer: this question has been asked many times and in various forms (exchange “friend” for “wife”, “husband”, “child”), and each time I’ve been unable to accommodate the request. Why? Part of seeing a therapist is the idea of will and choice – the will to investigate something which we feel is bothering us, and the choice of whom to see for this service. If I were to go ahead and contact someone at the behest of a friend or relative, I would be imposing myself upon that choice and that will (symbolically at least).

Even if someone I contacted ended up never-minding my intrusion (and their friend’s intervention) and became a regular client, that initial lack of choice and will would probably linger in the therapeutic space. It could prove disruptive to the extreme, especially as they become more and more attuned to their situation.

So, no, sadly I cannot contact your friend, no matt...

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Should I See A Male Or Female Therapist?

(From the Downtown Therapy blog. Check it out to see more)

I was recently preparing a presentation for men who are training to become registered massage therapists – men being, until recently, a minority in a profession largely staffed by women. The idea was to discuss societal gender stigmas and the myths which arise from them (one, for example, being that “men are better at deep tissue massage than women” – not true).

Here are my thoughts on the matter, when it comes to choosing a psychotherapist:

First: There are always going to be personal preferences. Given the potentially long-term and intimate nature of the profession, if a client seeking a psychotherapist prefers the company of a man or a woman to seek help from, whatever that selection is based on is not mine to judge. From where I stand, for anyone seeking help, the freedom of having that choice is sacred. For some clients, being able to to make that choice is an important first step.

Second: Ther...

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