All actual life is encounterMartin Buber
Individual psychotherapy is a unique relationship in that it is both professional and intimate.
The therapeutic relationship looks different from most other relationships. In most social relationships, there is a give and a take – we each emotionally support each other. In therapy, however, the work focuses on you as the patient. The give and take is supplemented with payment for the therapist, so that the patient can be the focus of the therapy relationship.
Therapy also differs from other relationships in its necessary honesty. When we are maintaining social relationships, we tend to follow some guidelines of etiquette or politeness. In the therapy relationship, honesty is essential. That means we talk about things we often would not in other relationships
Some of these things include dreams and fantasies, thoughts that suprise us, past relatinoships, spirituality, sexuality, and feelings – especially the feelings you have toward me and that I have toward you. It is essential that we are honest with each other about how we experience each other, because the unconscious parts of our selves often come out in relationship, and we can only explore our relationship with honesty.
To begin individual therapy, reach out to me to explain a little bit what you are looking for and why you are seeking therapy. From there, we will schedule an initial consultation.
The initial consultation is a time for you to discuss what you are struggling with, as well as giving us a change to get to know each other, discuss your goals, and share information about what our therapeutic work might look like. If we decide that it is a good fit and want to work together, I will then provide intake information and paperwork, and we will discuss scheduling regular sessions.
If you have questions or are unsure if individual therapy is the right direction for you, please don’t hesitate to reach out and ask.
If we climb high enough, we will reach a height from which tragedy ceases to look tragic.Irvin Yalom