What is Psychotherapy?


Ther­apy is a vol­un­tary rela­tion­ship between peo­ple that works in part because of clearly defined rights and respon­si­bil­i­ties held by each per­son. As a client in psy­chother­apy you have cer­tain rights and respon­si­bil­i­ties that are impor­tant for you to know about because this is YOUR ther­apy. (Read my eth­i­cal com­mit­ment here.)

Picture of Sara L . Henry, MA, LMFT

Sara L . Henry, MALMFT

The psy­cho­log­i­cal ser­vices I pro­vide include infant, child, indi­vid­ual, parent(s) & child, cou­ples and group psy­chother­apy. Psy­chother­apy is not eas­ily described in gen­eral state­ments. It varies depend­ing on the per­son­al­i­ties of the ther­a­pist and client and the par­tic­u­lar prob­lems you are expe­ri­enc­ing. There are many dif­fer­ent meth­ods I may use to deal with the prob­lems that you hope to address. Psy­chother­apy calls for an active effort on your part.

What can you expect?

In your first ses­sion I will offer you some sense of what ther­apy will entail and how I will work with you to address your con­cerns.  You should eval­u­ate this infor­ma­tion and whether you feel com­fort­able work­ing with me. You have the right to ask for the ratio­nale for any aspect of your treat­ment or to decline all or any part of your treatment.

As your ther­a­pist, I am respon­si­ble for pro­vid­ing you with the high­est level of pro­fes­sional skills com­men­su­rate with my train­ing and expe­ri­ence.  I will help you work through any issue or con­cern.  I will facil­i­tate com­mu­ni­ca­tion between you and any sig­nif­i­cant per­son so that you can say what you need to say and so you can accu­rately hear what the other per­son needs to say to you. Through­out the entire process, I will encour­age, guide, chal­lenge and sup­port you to make the changes you deem to be right for you.

As the client, you are respon­si­ble for being as hon­est and open as pos­si­ble.  Change usu­ally involves let­ting go of things that are famil­iar in order that new pos­si­bil­i­ties can emerge.  Effort and risk will be required.

If I feel you can best be helped by a ther­a­peu­tic method out­side of my own scope of prac­tice, I will dis­cuss a refer­ral with you.

Ther­apy does not offer any guar­an­tees.  As we build a ther­a­peu­tic rela­tion­ship, I will offer my ser­vices to the best of my abil­ity and will expect you to put as much effort into the process as you expect to get out of it.

Find out more ABOUT ME or MY SERVICES.

Reach me directly by PHONE or EMAIL.

This entry was posted in Services. Bookmark the permalink. Post a comment or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

Post a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

  • Search HNC | SLHenry.com

  • Translator

  • verified by Psychology Today verified by Psychology Today Directory