Choosing to start therapy can be daunting and sometimes feel like you are lost at sea. Maybe you're not even sure which questions to ask. That is totally normal, and ok. Here are some questions and answers that I've compiled to help you navigate the process. If you have more questions, please contact me and I will try to answer them all for you.
What is psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is typically known as talk therapy. The American Psychological Association defines Psychotherapy as the informed and intentional application of clinical methods and interpersonal stances derived from established psychological principles for the purpose of assisting people to modify behaviors, cognitions, emotions, and/or other personal characteristics in directions deem desirable.
Interesting fact: The term psychotherapy is derived from the Ancient Greek word 'psyche' (meaning breath; spirit; soul), and 'therapeia' (meaning healing; medical treatment).
Psychotherapy is a deeply intimate journey that happens between therapist and client in the therapy room. Through the safety of an empathic witness, individuals are able to explore unconscious dynamics and processes that may be driving dysfunction. Basically, I find that psychotherapy can act as an incubator for one's psychic or spiritual growth.
What do you mean by somatic psychotherapy?
Somatic means deriving from the body. Somatic psychotherapy pulls from body based and shamanic healing practices in the context of talk therapy. Most therapies focus on tending to the mind in isolation. Somatic psychotherapy doesn't consider the mind to work by itself, but rather WITH the body. A somatic approach fosters organic and holistic healing. Think about it... is your head a part of your body? Of course it is! Somatic psychotherapy explores the interplay between the body and mind as a method of healing. The focus is on noticing body sensations as a way to gain awareness and thus engage with your physical/emotional states instead of being hijacked by them.
“To state this more succinctly, awareness of the body’s state influences how we organize our lives. Knowing your body strengthens your mind.”
Will I feel better?
The hope is that therapy will provide you with relief from symptoms that are causing you distress. Sometimes therapy can be challenging, and you may not always walk out of the office "feeling better". Healing is sometimes painful.
Ever had a sprained ankle? My goodness does the ankle hurt when it is healing, sometime it is hard to walk on. If the ankle is properly cared for, eventually the pain subsides. Therapy can be similar. Sometimes the process may feel like you aren't getting anywhere or you are in more emotional distress then when you started... this is a very normal reaction to therapy. Most people are defended against their emotional vulnerabilities. And if therapy is working, defenses start to dissipate, leaving you face to face with your core self; all in service of healing. In reflection, clients usually see how much growth they were able to access by tending to their pain with an empathetic witness.
Some clients do come in and feel better from day one. It all depends on your personal journey and what it is you are needing.
“The way to the goal seems chaotic and interminable at first, and only gradually do the signs increase that it is leading anywhere. The way is not straight but appears to go round in circles”
-Carl Jung (CW 12)
Do you take insurance?
The group practice I work for takes the following insurance policies at this time:
- Blue Cross
Sliding scale is available to those in financial need. Please inquire further.