Psychotherapy is a process by which one individual aligns him/herself with another individual or family to promote their well-being, emotional growth, and interpersonal competence.
It is a science in the sense that it requires a particular knowledge base on the part of the practitioner.
It is an art in the sense that the therapist must establish an association where trust, respect, and intimacy are maintained within the ethical boundaries of a professional relationship.
Psychotherapy can be very effective in resolving interpersonal issues and promoting family and personal peace and well-being, but it is not the only method of accomplishing these goals.
Psychotherapy is not something to “believe in”, and the process should always be collaborative and transparent.
The traditional medical model, a linear way of thinking based on disease and disorder, is minimally effective when it comes to psychotherapy. An approach based on individual strengths, taking into account not only family and work, but also community and cultural influences, and experiences with bias, represents a more comprehensive and constructive process.
Personal and interpersonal empowerment can be life-changing.
Free Phone Consultation
Susan offers an introductory telephone consultation at no charge. During this time, you might choose to discuss what is causing you distress, what your goals might be, ask any questions you might have about Susan and her work, or about the process in general.
Goals might be:
- better communication with my loved one
- relief from feeling fearful or sad
- building more self-confidence and self-reliance
- advocating for my child who is being bullied or struggling academically
- advocating for myself as I face discrimination
- finding healing from trauma and abuse
- trying to find meaning in the face of grief and loss
- how to trust again after a betrayal
- learning to cope with an uncertain economic future
- how can I get my child to listen to me
If you have been referred by your insurance company, this procedure is also discussed, as are fees in general. Susan offers a sliding fee scale where appropriate. When consulting with any therapist, it is important to take into account one’s “gut feeling”.