INDIVIDUAL TALK THERAPY
“Man needs difficulties; they are necessary for health.” C. G. Jung
Individual therapy provides an excellent avenue for self-reflection, dealing with present crises and unforeseen developments, complicated circumstances and psychic pain; it can be useful for sorting through, developing coping-strategies, processing difficult emotions, and reframing dysfunctional thoughts and behavior patterns into realistic and effective responses. Like most experienced therapists, I am eclectic in my approach having trained in multiple modalities, client populations, and psychological points-of-view. I know, however, from years of experience that individual talk therapy facilitates an almost magical power to reconnect a person to his true values, natural strengths, positive self-regard, sense of autonomy, and above all, self-acceptance.
Let’s talk about it…
I provide ongoing, confidential, awareness-based “conversations” with you sometimes in tandem with other modalities (like Couples or Group Therapy, Intuition Mind Seminars, or active imagination tools and readings) at Moonlight Counseling. Talk therapy is typically where we start (and complete) the process. The specific course of treatment, tools and techniques are entirely an individualized matter best-suited to a patient’s personality, resources, and readiness. We can discuss specifics by phone if you’d like more information about cost, frequency, and direction of therapy with me.
WHEN SHOULD I SEEK HELP? Simply put, whenever repeated attempts to feel and/or function better have NOT worked to your own satisfaction and you recognize the potential benefit of receiving competent, professional assistance in dealing with what’s ailing you, what you believe is “missing” in your life currently, or what positive changes may really empower you now. Good therapy is based primarily on the trust and rapport developed between yourself and the therapist, someone who actively listens and genuinely cares about YOU, facilitates your self-exploration and self-expression, is easy and comfortable to be with, has some expertise in your problem areas, provides useful feedback, can teach new skills when appropriate, and offers you guidance and support in a private and confidential setting at a professional fee. also seems to work…
Talk Therapy Via Phone: A recent study in Seattle published in The National Psychologist (July/August 2010) confirms my own experience regarding the positive outcomes of phone consultations when problems of distance/time/or transportation make it difficult to come directly to the therapist’s office, as is customary in outpatient counseling. Depressed adult patients seeking counseling at a community-based clinic were offered either in-person care or by phone. Two-thirds chose the telephone and 77 percent of that sample completed the eight session CBT (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy) phone program. Approximately 70 percent were very satisfied with treatment and 42 percent were evaluated as “recovered” at termination (Steve Tutty, Ph.D., Journal of the American Medical Association).
How Common Are Serious Emotional, Psychological, Familial, and Addictive Disorders in America Today?
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, one-third of adults in the United States have an emotional or substance abuse problem for which they need help. Also, nearly 25 percent of the adult population suffers at some point from depression or anxiety. The “safe and protected space” of the private therapist’s office can be a comfort and catalyst for real change for individuals willing (and able) to take the next big step: make an appointment with a licensed therapist. People are not weak or “crazy” who get help in times of duress, vulnerability, and emotional pain; to the contrary, they are crazy (i.e. falsely stoic, excessively prideful, ignorant, uninformed, or frankly intimidated) NOT to use this moment to deepen one’s insight and self-awareness.
Of course, therapy requires a measure of humility, sacrifice of time and money, willingness to trust a trained guide, vulnerability and courage to deal with the truth of your pain. Keep in mind, however, that good therapy is always handled professionally, confidentially, compassionately, and effectively. One may have to “shop around” a little before connecting with the best fit for themselves. Please call or email me if you would like a ten minute free phone assessment to determine if I can help you, either in office visits or via phone consultations. I look forward to meeting you. Dr. Art Rosengarten 1-(760) 944-6710