Therapy is a process, not a quick fix. The work done with the therapist must be applied by the client between sessions in order to be most effective. An honest relationship between the therapist and client is crucial in being able to meet treatment goals. In order for therapy to be effective, the client must participate consistently and collaboratively with the therapist. Each client’s experience is different. Some clients experience a gradual change that is subtle and noticeable throughout the course of treatment. Others experience a “breakthrough,” or clearly noticeable shift in their personal growth. Most clients seek therapy when there is already a crisis. Therefore, it is important to understand that to find resolution and eventual serenity will take time and effort. When a client actively participates in therapy (attending sessions on a consistent basis, applying learned skills and tools between sessions, practicing rigorous honesty), there is greater probability of life-enhancing change and experiencing serenity.
couples & family therapy
Relational therapy works to fix maladaptive relational patterns that have become entrenched between partners and family members. Misconceptions about what couples or family therapy is and its purpose can prevent people from seeking therapy. Some might think couples and family therapy is only meant for very serious issues affecting a relationship, or a last effort before making the decision to end the relationship. The goal of couples and family therapy is to improve relationship satisfaction. Whether eliminating dysfunctional relational patterns or engaging in relational maintenance, most couples and families can come away from therapy having gained insight and increased emotional expression. Therapy will help individuals develop the skills necessary to communicate and problem-solve with their partners more effectively.
Objectives of group therapy include, but are not limited to: developing skills to assist you in reaching your goals, feeling a sense of support from other group members, understanding more about yourself and your family system, identifying and exploring thoughts, feelings and behaviors that hold you back, and learning how to improve relationships with others. You are welcome to share as much or as little about yourself while in the group, however, the more open you are the better experience you will have. You are welcome to ask questions at any time. The more deeply you understand the process of therapy, the more effectively you will be able to incorporate positive change into your life.