Feeling stuck in old patterns, habits, relationships?
Do you want better personal, family, work relationships?
Begin improving your life and relationships 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 solely for the purpose of relieving distress and resolving problems according to goals determined by you.
Strict professional standards and scope of practice guidelines inform what is appropriate and therapeutic. Specialized listening, communication, and creative problem-solving strategies differentiate this psychotherapy relationship from all other relationships in your life.
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 and your ability to cope. Symptoms may include anxiety, stress, self-doubt and worry; feeling depressed, feeling stuck and struggling with difficult situations and conflicts.
A consultation should also be considered when 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 problems; a loss of enjoyment in life. In more severe situations, a person may have suicidal thoughts or self-injuring behaviors. In these kinds of life-threatening situations, crisis intervention and a psychotherapy consultation 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 feel vaguely unhappy or uncertain about the 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. Our intention is to listen carefully, to help you clarify your therapy needs and goals, and then to assist you with your decision about whether or not psychotherapy can be helpful and if so, what approach and therapist would be the best match.