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Is therapy right for me?


Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, or problems with anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one's life such as a divorce or work transition. Many seek the advice of counsel as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth. Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image issues, and general life transitions. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.

What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy, also called "talk therapy" or counseling, is the process of self-awareness and personal growth that occurs through the therapuetic relationship.   Psychotherapy can be held in various forms such as individual, couples, family or group.    

How can therapy help me?
 A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. Many people also find that counselors can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:

  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
  • Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
  • Improving communications and listening skills
  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence



Where is my office?
My office is located at 3047 East Main Road Suite 3B Portsmouth, RI.

Do you have weekend or evening or appointments?
Yes.  Please call for more information 401-829-9956 or email [email protected]

What can I expect from my first appointment?
Your first appointment will most likely last 60-90 minutes.  The first session is an information gathering time (assessment)-where you will be able to tell your story and, I will also be asking a lot of questions to get to know you.  If the client is a child, then the first part of the session will usually consist of a parent or guardian and the child sharing their story and then if time allows I will meet briefly with the child alone.  
  
 

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