Participating in therapy can be helpful in a number of ways. Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as anxiety, depression, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues and creative blocks. In addition, many people discover that therapists can be a big asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the struggles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a challenging problem or help you arrive at a solution. With that being said, the benefits you get out of therapy depend on how well you make use the process and then put into practice what you learn.
Some of the benefits of therapy may include:
• Reaching a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
• Developing skills to improve your relationships
• Resolving issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
• Learning new ways to deal with anxiety and stress
• Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
• Improving listening and communication skills
• Developing new behaviors and changing old patterns
• Learning new ways to solve problems in your marriage or family
• Boosting your confidence and self-esteem
Everyone goes through difficult situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through some of the challenges you’ve faced, there’s nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is usually sought out by people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is actually something to be admired. You are showing responsibility by accepting where you are at in life, and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy can provide long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to avoid and deal with triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.
People have many different motivations for seeking therapy. Some may be going through a big life transition such as unemployment, divorce, or a new job, or are not dealing with stressful circumstances well. Some people need help with managing a range of other issues such as low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, addictions, relationship problems, spiritual conflicts and creative blocks. Therapy can help provide encouragement and help with skills to get them through these periods. Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective with their goals in life. In short, people seeking therapy are ready to meet the challenges in their lives and ready to make changes in their lives.
In general, you can expect to discuss the current events happening in your life, your personal history relevant to your issue, and report progress, or any new insights gained, from the previous session. Depending on your specific goals, therapy can be short-term for a specific issue, or longer-term to deal with more difficult patterns or if you desire more personal development. Either way, it is common to schedule regular weekly sessions with your therapist. It is important to note that the more you actively participate in the process, the more results you will see. Ideally, you want to take what you learn in session back into your life. In addition to the work you do in therapy sessions, your therapist may suggest some things you can do outside of therapy to support your process – such as reading a relevant book, journaling on specific topics, noting certain behaviors or taking action on your goals. People seeking psychotherapy are ready to make positive changes in their lives, are open to new perspectives and take responsibility for their lives.
It is well established that medication alone is not the best long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause. Meanwhile, therapy helps by looking at the cause of our distress and the patterns that slow down our progress. Perhaps you can best achieve a greater sense of well-being and sustainable growth with an integrative approach. You can work with your medical doctor to determine what’s best for you, and in some cases a combination of therapy and medication is the right course of action.
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and therapist. Successful therapy requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter. Your confidentiality and level of care are very important to me. With that in mind, a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern is required to consult with a licensed professional on a regular basis in order to obtain guidance and discuss treatment planning for clients. You can expect that what you discuss in session will only be discussed with my supervisor, Dr. Michael E. Cameron, Ph.D. Sometimes, however, you may want me to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team, but by law I cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission. California state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
• Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
• If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person.
As a Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, I have completed a Master’s degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. I am currently in the process of completing the required 3,000 supervised hours of clinical practice prior to sitting for the MFT licensing exam.
A therapy sessions is 50 minutes.
As an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, I am unable to bill your health insurance for therapy sessions. I can, however, offer a comparable fee to what your copay would be to see a Specialist. Call your health insurance provide to determine your copy if you are unsure.
$70 for a 50-minute session.
A reduced sliding scale fee is available to those who qualify, and we can explore your personal needs during a phone consultation.
Cash, check and all major credit cards are accepted. Checks must be made payable to my supervisor, Marina Edelman.