Individual Psychotherapy provides an opportunity for you to share your thoughts and feelings in a private setting with an involved, objective, professional. Exploring confusing and perhaps painful interpersonal and emotional experiences in this setting can provide new perspectives that lead to productive change. Many of us have unexamined assumptions about ourselves and other people that lock us in to counterproductive and unhappy cycles of interaction. A process of psychotherapeutic exploration can highlight the potentials for positive change in how we think, feel, and interact, breaking into vicious circles, releasing our potential to take control of our lives.
In addition to the therapeutic processes described above in relation to individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy provides an opportunity for in vivo feedback about one’s patterns of relating with other people. With the guidance of the group therapist, one has the opportunity to help and be helped, to learn and benefit from the experiences of others in the group.
Consultation is about exploring one’s options for psychotherapeutic treatment. Every psychotherapy begins with a consultation, in which one describes one’s difficulties, impasses, aspirations and goals with the therapist. In a consultation the therapist offers recommendations and guidance through the often confusing maze of therapeutic options, from individual psychotherapy to group psychotherapy, to extended diagnostic assessments, to referral for psychopharmacological and other medical interventions. The goal of consultation is to create a partnership with a mental health professional in making choices among the treatment options available.