Frequently Asked Questions
What is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a treatment process that uses specialized techniques of caring that have been designed to offer effective, long-lasting help for people suffering from a wide range of difficulties, such as emotional distress, anxiety, depression, marital conflicts, fears, a significant loss, or a clinical disorder. Therapy can also help fulfill aspirations for personal growth or self-improvement.
One of the biggest misconceptions about therapy is that seeing a therapist is a sign of weakness. In fact, quite the opposite is true. Recognizing the need for help and seeking professional therapy is a sign of both strength and your determination to live a productive and meaningful life! Working together, you and your therapist will identify your goals and agree on how you’ll know when you are making progress. Therapy has one clear and definite purpose: that something of positive value and constructive usefulness will come out of it for you. The thoughts and feelings you share and the professional techniques the therapist uses are not nearly as important as the relationship you build together. Because the relationship with the therapist is so essential to the effectiveness of the process, it is important that you find someone with whom you feel a comfortable connection, a therapist who makes you feel understood. In therapy, you intentionally make yourself vulnerable to another human being and you may talk about some things that are very painful for you. However, it is the very process of trusting that it’s safe to release your feelings–the good and the bad–and knowing that the therapeutic relationship permits you to safely explore deeply felt sources of conflict and dissatisfaction that will finally allow you to make lasting, positive changes in your life.
What is Psychological Testing/Evaluation
Psychological Testing/Evaluation is a process whereby by interviewing and administering psychological tests, the evaluator seeks to answer the referral question. The referral question may be whether there exists an underlying psychological disorder, or to determine the Intelligence quotient (typically for gifted testing), or achievement level for school purposes. Psychological testing can also be an indispensable resource for the progress and outcome of psychotherapy.