Psychotherapy is geared to helping people take responsibility for their situation in life. Therapy is helpful in providing perspective to open up a person’s ability to consider possibilities outside their self-designed box. People cannot always get “out of themselves” enough, as their feelings are too intense to consider another’s perspective and negotiate a common ground. At times it may well be that in some relationships, there is no interest in compromise or any ability and/or desire to change one’s self to meet the needs of a significant other. Working with a therapist enables a person to consider and explore alternative avenues. If these alternatives are not effective to sustain the relationship, how does one get out of the relationship and not end up repeatedly in unhappy relationships in the future?

Therapy is particularly helpful in working with parents who seek to be a better parent than those they had growing up. This is no easy task. How we were parented shapes how we parent, either we do the same or we try and do the opposite. Ironically, even in doing the opposite, how we were parented organizes how we parent. The overreaching question is if we do not want to be the same parent that we had, “What do we need to do different and how?”

Psychotherapy provides a supportive and confidential environment to effectively help people work through day-to-day problems and deal with general discontents. Psychotherapy is also effective in treating more serious and protracted problems such as anger management, poor self-esteem, depression, anxiety, helplessness, feelings of loneliness due to the loss of a loved one, and general feelings of isolation. Additionally, psychotherapy helps people cope with stress after experiences of trauma (physical, emotional, or both).