Choosing a therapist

Finding a therapistThese 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.

Our office is a place 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.

People also find themselves saying things in our office that they didn’t know they knew. Our talent is in gently asking the questions that can guide you into that new space where discovery happens.

Obviously, therapy is one of those things you have to learn about for yourself. Reading this web site is like reading a site about how to ride a bike, have a massage, or fall in love. 

Is it a good time to try it for yourself? If it is, call (818) 835-2514 (day or night, and if you reach our voicemail, use it and see how responsive we are), or use our inquiry form right now. We’re looking forward to speaking with you, and whatever happens here will tell you something about yourself you didn’t know before.