Choosing a therapist

These days, therapy isn’t what you see on television. Change doesn’t usually involve years of analysis. For most people and most problems, the biggest benefits of therapy seem to happen in the first few weeks. So when you call us you are not making a long term commitment. We enjoy watching people feel better, so we work with people who want to see change soon. Let’s talk about how to make that happen.

Therapy’s about the things you’d like to change in your life: the things you’ve been trying to change, or just living with. Or sometimes you know you want a change but you can’t see exactly what it has to be. Therapy tackles that, too!

Current research makes it clear that good therapy depends on the connection between you and your therapist, much more than on any technique. Finding a person you can work with is the most important factor. There are tens of thousands of licensed therapists in California, and we’re all different individuals. Maybe you’ve seen one before and it didn’t work for you. Checking out one therapist and giving up is like watching one show and deciding you’ll never watch tv again.  It really isn’t an excuse to give up on yourself.

Notice what you liked and what you didn’t. Use that to find a counselor who suits you better. If you decide you want someone who treats you and your concerns with sincere respect and interest, takes an interest in you as a truly unique individual, and encourages you to run your own life, read on.

The therapy session is where – if you want to, when you want to, and just as much as you want to – you can take risks and allow yourself to think anything and say anything. Your privacy is guaranteed by law and your respectful treatment is guaranteed by who we are. People tell us they’ve been able to say things here they had never said aloud before. Sharing things with someone friendly, sincerely interested and unafraid gives you safety and support.

Do you have questions? or are you ready to give it a try? Text or email or call, day or night, and we’ll respond as soon as we can. We’re looking forward to it!