Mental health is hardly a mystery anymore, so much is found on the web and in the self help sections of the bookstore, or on Amazon. We older, seasoned therapists still believe that without us, nobody will learn much from all of that. The talk therapy, the integration, the big picture is still necessary, whether in person or on line, and the result will depend upon our continuing education and relationship skill.
The movement toward telehealth, or video-therapy is helping some of us become more accessible. Even when it is raining, even when you're sick, we're there. And it can be much cheaper, too, because insurance won't always cover. So we have to work that out, make it affordable.
Still, it's nice to be face to face in a comfy office. Mine is small, not what you see on TV, but at least we can hear each other. And a person can literally lie down, if that's a desire. And yes, there's an aquarium, a constant source of stress but we all like it.
Not gonna lie, I have biases about therapy. Click here for more about those.
Thumbnail of this practice: Working with all kinds of people, seemingly infinite problems, the evaluation, imho, is everything; guides practice. Even when resources for therapy are limited, ask for a diagnostic and a treatment plan, if that is all you can afford. It can be done in two to three visits, maybe even one. But it has to be a very long one.
And there really is nothing more satisfying than sinking into that sofa and talking your head off.
It is your nickel, so if brief therapy is what you want, we can do that. When issues go deep, it is good to stay with it, try a few times a month, but keep it going. I tend to be psycho-educational and interactive. But you'll find me quiet until you've run out of words.
Significant others are welcome, i.e., relationship therapy is found here. But there are many other treatment modalities and interventions, many tools in the shed. CBT, ACT, DBT,, meditation mindfulness, eye movement rapid desensitization, grief work, emotional management. Extra training when new things emerge is the nature of professionalism, which is how my specialty in .Aspergers, or high functioning autism. emerged.
What are the boundaries here? Who's joining in?
About treating kids. If a child is an identified patient then it is likely I will need to see parents in the initial visit, maybe later, too, unless (a) the child or adolescent has asked to be in treatment alone, and/or (b) he or she is not self-destructive or dangerous to others. Sibling therapy is powerful, too, especially with blended families
Finally, in relationship therapies there will be individual work, too. I like to do all of it, prefer that you discontinue your therapy with someone else so that we don't inadvertently sabotage one another. Yes, I keep what you want private.
Mine is not a take sides role there, and both partners are likely to find support, which is a good thing. Because we all need it.
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