Psychotherapy Services In Athens GA
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Psychotherapy is a general term used to describe treatment for a variety of mental health concerns. I use an eclectic approach, incorporating multiple forms of therapy, based on the needs of my clients. It is vital to understand, for therapy to work, you need to be actively involved in the process.
I will ask you what your goals are during our initial sessions and each session thereafter. You will be expected to set the agenda for each session, keeping your mental health goals in mind. You will be encouraged to use what you have learned with me work on the goals that we mutually agree upon between each session.
It is important that you be patient with this process, as it takes time to build a true therapeutic relationship with your mental health professional and to start to see the benefits of psychotherapy. However, it you ever feel I am not meeting your needs, please let me know so we can work together to address your concerns.
What To Expect With Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy, as with all medical interventions, has its own lists of benefits and risks. Since this type of therapy often involves discussing unpleasant aspects of your life, you may find yourself experiencing uncomfortable feelings like sadness, guilt, anger, frustration, loneliness, and helplessness during or after our sessions. This is normal and is often the precipitant for change.
Therapy often leads to better relationships, solutions to specific problems, and significant reductions in feelings of distress. While there are no guarantees of what you will experience, I hope to provide you with the tools you need and guide you along your mental health journey.
Psychotherapy involves a commitment of time, money, and energy. Our first few sessions will involve getting to know you and performing an evaluation of your mental heath needs. By the end of this evaluation, I will be able to offer you some first impressions of what our work together will include and as well as a treatment plan.
Our Therapeutic Compatibility Is Important
You should evaluate the information available here along with your own opinions of whether you feel comfortable working with me. Feel free to review my educational and work background, as well as my overall approach to psychotherapy. If you have questions about my procedures, I am happy to go over and discuss them with you as they arise. Our fit and compatibility in working together is of paramount importance. If you believe that you would work better with a different therapist or would like a second opinion, I will be happy to refer you to another mental health professional to help you.
In general, the privacy of all communications between a client and a psychologist is protected by law, and I can only release information about our work to others with your written permission.
But there are a few exceptions, such as:
(1) threat of harm to self or others
(2) court order by a judge
(though courts generally recognize communications between a psychologist and client are privileged).
These situations rarely occur in my practice. If they should occur, I will make every effort to discuss it with you before taking any action.
If I believe that a child, elderly person, or disabled person is being abused, I must file a report with the police and the appropriate state agency.
If a client threatens to harm themselves, I may be obligated to seek hospitalization for them or to contact family members or others who can help provide protection.
If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another, I am required to take protective actions. These actions may include notifying the potential victim, contacting the police, or seeking hospitalization for the client.