Psychotherapy, often called “therapy” or “counseling,” means talking with a mental health professional about your problems. The therapist helps you to better manage your problems through strategies such as insight, understanding, and suggestions for behavior change.
There are many styles of psychotherapy, and each professional may have somewhat different training or preferences in how they work with their patients or clients. All of our therapists use tried and true techniques which have proven to be effective and helpful.
Studies show that the quality of the relationship between therapist and patient is usually more important than the technique the therapist may use. Therefore, a client who experiences little success or comfort with one therapist, may have better results with another, based on personality match as well as therapy style. If psychotherapy has not been helpful in the past, you may discover that with a different therapist, you will experience better results.
Therapy may be brief (lasting only a few sessions) or may last for months or even longer. Each person’s needs are different. Also, therapy which is more frequent (weekly) usually works more quickly and effectively than therapy which is every 2 to 3 weeks or less. However, once you are making steady progress, you and your therapist may agree that you are ready to cut down to less frequent sessions.
The types of licensed mental health professionals are listed below. All mental health professionals undergo continual training even after obtaining their licenses. They may spend many hours (and great expense) on post-graduate training programs to improve their skills and to learn new techniques, as well as to keep up with the latest research in their fields.