Sandra Lafazan, LCSW
How can therapy help me?
In therapy there is a special connection that is formed between a patient and the therapist. Once the patient feels trust he/she is able to tell his/her story in an environment without criticism or judgement. The therapist works to unblock what is troublesome and often out of awareness of the patient. New insights are formed to be used to help the patient move into a new direction of self discovery and action.
Some of the benefits available from therapy include:
Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
Developing skills for improving your relationships
Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
Improving communication and listening skills
Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
Improving self-esteem and boosting self-confidence
Do I really need therapy? I can usually handle my problems.
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility for your self by accepting where you are at in life and making a commitment to improve the situation by seeking therapy. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, providing you with the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome challenges you face.
Why do people go to therapy and how do I know if it is right for me?People have many different motivations for coming to psychotherapy. Some may be going through a major life transition (unemployment, divorce, new job, etc.), or are not handling stressful circumstances well. Some people need assistance 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 much needed encouragement and assist with skills to get through these periods. Others may be at a point where they are ready to learn more about themselves or want to be more effective addressing their goals in life. People seeking psychotherapy are ready to face the challenges in their lives and are prepared to make the changes to create more harmony and satisfaction in their lives.
What about medication vs. psychotherapy?
Therapy address the root causes of emotional distress. Medication will address the symptoms. There are circumstances that may require the combination of medication with therapy. This would occur in collaboration with a medical doctor.
Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a client and psychotherapist. I offer a safe and supportive environment where self understanding and personal growth will be nurtured. When you contact me, all you share is held in the strictest of confidence.