How Do I Know If I Need Treatment?

  • If you feel your life is stuck.
  • If you feel lousy.
  • If you feel anxious and/or depressed
  • If you don’t want to get out of bed.
  • If you can’t keep your apartment clean.
  • If your relationships end in disaster and you don’t know why.
  • If you hate your job but there you are anyway.
  • If you often have trouble at work.
  • If you can’t study or write your school papers.
  • If you have trouble getting on the subway.
  • If you have “road rage”
  • If you have too many secrets.

How Do I know if Therapy works?

  1. In a Consumer Reports study (1995) the majority of the more than four thousand participants reported that their lives were improved after therapy.

What are some of the benefits of therapy?

  • Reduce your level of stress
  • Set limits with others
  • Choose healthy relationships
  • Overcome fears of intimacy
  • Better understand yourself
  • Learn to manage your time
  • Be more productive
  • Find Hope
  • Increase your self-confidence
  • Improve Your Marriage
  • Find satisfaction/or change your work or career
  • Be an actor in your life

What Should I expect?

Most people have difficulty making the first phone call. When they do, they will feel anxious. More than likely, your first contact will be with an answering machine or the office manager. In either case, leave your name and telephone number, and ask that a therapist call you back. When the therapist does call you back, you’ll talk a little bit about why you want to come into therapy and set up a time for a first meeting and sort out the logistics of directions. In the beginning, and for some time, sessions typically involve whatever you need to talk about and finding a comfortable way to work with each other. A large part of the therapy process involves your relationship to the therapist. When discussing personal thoughts and feelings you may experience a wide range of ideas and emotions. You will work together with your therapist to understand yourself better and how to make effective use of this new understanding.