Individual Psychotherapy

What is Psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy offers an opportunity for people to focus inwardly and pay attention to their natural emotions. The goal of psychotherapy is to provide a safe and accepting environment to explore conscious and unconscious forces that motivate behavior. For example, through therapy, one might learn that a tendency to overeat is related to feeling unfulfilled, or feelings of jealousy are the result of low self-esteem. Individuals may choose to use the insights they gain while in treatment to modify old behavior patterns, develop new ways of coping with stressful situations, and build more satisfying relationships.

Who Can Benefit?

People of all ages and with all types of difficulties have been shown to benefit from psychotherapy. According to research done by the American Psychological Association (APA), some 84% of Americans realize that good mental health plays an important role in their overall health and well-being, yet the same research shows that almost half of Americans don't know when it's appropriate to seek professional help. Some reasons people decide to begin therapy include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • changes and transitions, such as marriage or the birth of a child
  • separation and divorce
  • infidelity
  • difficulty lubricating and/or painful intercourse
  • premature ejaculation
  • erectile dysfunction
  • sexual boredom in a long-term relationship
  • feelings of helplessness and pessimism
  • excessive anger or irritability directed at others
  • low self-esteem
  • loss of interest in sex
  • substance abuse or dependence in oneself or in one's family members
  • anxiety or panic attacks, things feeling out of control
  • dissatisfaction with work life
  • decreased energy and enthusiasm for life
  • patterns of repeating the same relationship difficulties over time
  • stress in the workplace
  • fatigue, feeling tired
  • social withdrawal
  • emotional numbing
  • repeated arguments with family members
  • blaming yourself for your problems, feeling guilty
  • problems with weight, and/or feeling unattractive
  • sleep problems
  • crying easily

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