FAQ - Therapeutic Process

The course of treatment will vary depending on a variety of factors, including the nature and severity of the issue that brought you into treatment, the treatment goals that we agree on, and your motivation and commitment to the process of therapy.

Longer-term psychotherapy is usually the most effective treatment when the reasons for treatment stem from firmly entrenched negative beliefs, deep-rooted relational patterns, or issues such as depression and anxiety. In other instances, such as during a time of acute crisis or to help one navigate through a specific life transition, it is possible to address a client's problems in a briefer, more time-limited manner. After an initial assessment period, we should be able to help evaluate an approximate course of treatment.

Unlike individual therapy, in couples counseling the focus is on the relationship and the ways in which the two individuals interact. The work entails helping the couple enhance their connection and intimacy without losing their individuality. To accomplish this, couples must build skills and foster awareness of the relational patterns that may be keeping the couple stuck. These patterns often involve communication, conflict, intimacy, boundary management, and stress.