Psychotherapy is not easily described in general statements. It varies depending on the personalities of the therapist and client, and the particular problems you bring forward. It is not like a medical visit. Instead, psychotherapy calls for an active effort on your part. In order for therapy to be most successful, you will have to work on things we talk about both during our sessions and between sessions at home and in your daily life.
I believe any psychotherapy that is meaningful, practical, and beneficial depends on a reliable and trusting relationship between client and therapist. I sincerely hope that our alliance, and the work we do together, can lead to desired and lasting positive change in your perception of yourself and others; to the reduction or elimination of persistent, debilitating psychological symptoms; and to increased motivation and ability in addressing the challenges you face in your life. I also expect that our work will establish and promote a full, conscious, realization of your individual capacities and potentials and that it will provide you with invaluable insight that is essential to your continued development as an individual.
The exploration and analysis of dreams, active imaginations, and fantasy is essential to insight-oriented psychotherapy. Dream and fantasy material can provide conscious access to vital unconscious processes and can greatly enhance psychological development. I regard dream analysis as a vital component of psychotherapy and I encourage the inclusion and exploration of dream and creative material in our work.
Therapy often leads to better relationships, to solutions to specific problems, and to significant reductions in feelings of distress. There are no guarantees of what you will experience, and whether our work is of long- or short-term duration I fully expect the experience to be a positive, valuabable one for you.