Feeling stuck, isolated, stressed?
Want better personal, family, work relationships?
Therapy offers you opportunities to create a more satisfying life now …
How do I know if therapy is the right choice for me?
Your relationship with your psychotherapist is unique and unlike any other in your life. Talking confidentially with a trained listener and compassionate witness enables you to move beyond the imprint of unsatisfying and painful experiences.
Over time, you will begin to understand meanings, motivations and past patterns that are affecting your life now. This opens the door to feeling empowered to make better choices and desired improvements in your life.
What is psychotherapy? Why not just talk with a trusted friend?
Psychotherapy is a collaborative relationship between a client requesting the consultation, and a psychotherapist, who offers empathy and professional knowledge to help resolve the problems that led to calling. The immediate goal is to create a comfortable, accepting environment in which you feel safe to speak frankly about any concern.
The therapist’s role is to listen, understand, and awaken awareness in the service of growth and change. Psychotherapy and counseling are terms often used interchangeably to describe this unique, intentional, professional relationship initiated to relieve distress and resolve any concerns according to goals determined by you.
Specialized listening, communication, and creative problem-solving strategies differentiate this psychotherapy relationship from all other relationships in your life. Strict professional standards and scope of practice guidelines inform what is appropriate and therapeutic.
When you need to talk to someone… We can help.
When should I make that call?
The best time to call for help from a psychotherapist is when relationships, work or personal problems interfere with a sense of well-being or your ability to cope. Symptoms may include anxiety, stress, self-doubt and worry; feeling depressed, feeling stuck and struggling with difficult situations and conflicts.
Consult us if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms over an unusual or extended period of time: trouble sleeping, abnormal changes in appetite, mood or energy level; difficulty concentrating and getting things done; conflicts at home or at work; sexual concerns; a loss of enjoyment in life. In more severe situations, a person may have suicidal thoughts or self-injuring behaviors. If life-threatening, a psychotherapy consultation and crisis intervention can really make a difference.
Today’s society is often stressful and extremely pressured. Sometimes clients find themselves in a period of rapid change and transition and need a safe, non-judgmental place to talk things out with an objective professional. Other clients call because they are feeling vaguely unhappy or uncertain about important challenges and decisions they are facing.
Some clients recognize that past experiences and patterns are hampering self-esteem and success in love or work. And sometimes clients call because they fear losing an important relationship or job. Shame, guilt, fear, and embarrassment may also be present at the time a client decides to call for a psychotherapy consultation.
Feminist Therapy Connection therapists understand that calling a therapist during difficult times can be challenging and uncomfortable. We listen carefully to help you clarify your therapy needs and goals, and then assist you in making an informed decision about how psychotherapy can be helpful, what approach and which therapist style will provide the best match.