How Long Will Therapy Take?

A common question for a new patient in therapy or someone just exploring the possibility of treatment is, “How many sessions will this take?” If you have this question it is understandable. In almost every other field of medicine, your doctor can tell you with relative certainty based on your diagnosis exactly what the […]

Insight Alone Isn’t Enough – How the Best Therapy Works

There’s a longstanding debate in psychology between analytic (insight-oriented) therapy and behavioral-based therapy.  Back in the early days of psychoanalysis, it was believed that insight was enough to “cure” a person of their ills.  It was thought that if a person realized what was the fear or traumatic incident that first initiated the problem, then […]

Pick a Feeling, Any Feeling

 We psychologists are infamous for asking, “How did that make you feel?”  But we ask for an important reason: Because people often don’t know what they feel.  Often bright and successful people come in to see me and when I ask how they feel about something they reply not with a feeling but with a […]

How Long Does It Take before Therapy Helps?

 

I don’t want to sound like a non-committal politician, but it’s different for everyone.  That said, some people begin to feel relief at their first visit due to one or a combination of these reasons: finally sharing things they may never have shared with others, venting, having someone empathetic listen to them, and […]