MyTherapySearch connects prospective patients with therapists by simplifing the search experience. As practicing therapists, we often hear from patients about their difficulty in searching. Where do I look? How do I choose? Why haven't they gotten back me? Our goal is to elminate all of these problems by providing you with one solution.
Our goals are to:
MyTherapySearch is free to patients. Each patient can individually select a therapist from the gallery page, or take our quiz. Once selected, you'll be brought to the therpists personal profile, where you can see this pholosophy, education, and fees. From here you can email them directly. Each email will go directly to the therapist selected, while CC'ing MyTherapySearch. We will follow up with you within 24hours to verify that you have been contacted by one of the selcted therapists. We recommend that yu contact 3 therapists during your search process.
There is no single answer for this question. In the most generalized sense, therapy is a series of conversations between a trained professional and a patient ie. individual / couple / family / group. Through these conversations, a therapist identfies patterns or themes which may not always be apparent to the patient. These patterns or themes may result in feelings or behaviors that are at the root of why the patient is seeking therapy. The therapist's job is to reflect these patterns back to the patient, in a supportive and unbiased way. This is done in clearly and conscicely to be best understood by the patient. Therapists build and establish trust with their patients as an independant and objective participant. This relationship allows patients to speak openly about feelings or behaviors, which they may not be comfortable sharing with anyone else. Once the relationship is established, a patient and therapist may choose to address the patterns, feelings, and behaviors.
Therapy is most effective in a safe and comforatble environment. Typically this occurs in the therapists office. Recent events and technological progress have begun to transitioned some sessions online using remote teleconferencing software.
Therapy sessions are typically as follows, although individual therapists may deviate from this a bit: Intial Consulation (5 - 10 minutes) Initial Patient Intake (15 minutes) Individual therapy (45 minutes) Group therapy/workshops (60-90 minutes) Couples therapy (60 minutes) Psychological/Neuropsychological Assessment (case by case)
Therapy as a process is not a quick fix. It takes time, and the commitment of the patient to be open and petient with the process. While some patients area able to achieve their desired goals in a dozen or more sessions, other patients stay in therapy for many years. Some patients also choose to leave, but check back in occasionally for a tune up. These specifics are best discussed and understood with your therapist.
Use our MyTherapySearch matching quiz to identify therapists that are right for you. Once you have your results, peruse the therapists by reasding their profiles. Choose 3 therapists to email. You should feel some connection with the therapist you choose; their approach to therapy, a turn a phrase, really anything that makes you feel like you can work with that person. The success of the theraputic alliance is often times a matter of the relationship between patient and therapist. See below for questions to ask your therapist choices.
Questions to ask in email
Questions to ask on the phone in an initial consultation.
TRUST YOUR GUT!
The strength of your relationship with your therapist is a good indicator of the likelyhood of success in therapy. This is not to say that you need to be "friends" with your therapist. Most importantly, you need to be able to connect with your therapist, and be comfortable that your therapists "gets you". Therapy takes time to be succesful, so its best that you are comforatble with your therapist
Each therapists is unique in working with adults, adolescents, and couples from diverse backgrounds. They utilize a variety of treatment modalities including cognitive behavioral (CBT), psychodynamic, and dialectical behavioral (DBT) therapies* to treat the following issues:
Mood disorders - depression, postpartum depression, and bipolar disorder
Anxiety - stress management, panic attacks, social phobia, generalized anxiety disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder
Academic and occupational difficulties
Psychodynamic psychotherapy changes your relationship with yourself through a process of self-examination. The focus is on internal conflicts that you may or may not be aware of or know how to resolve. The goal is to resolve these conflicts through gaining a greater awareness of yourself. Through this process, you will resolve obstacles that interfere with your goals and feel less fearful. Further, you will gain clarity and a deeper understanding of what you feel and want. Awareness will allow you to develop a more empathetic approach to thinking about yourself and, in turn, you will feel more connected to yourself and others and your ability to deal with problems will be more effective.
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a problem focused and action oriented therapy that focuses on the relationship between your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The goal is to identify patterns of thinking (i.e., self-judgment, catastrophic thinking, and all or nothing thinking) that lead you to feel unhappy and lead to less effective coping skills (i.e., withdrawal and avoidance) that may interfere with your life. By addressing these patterns, we can work together to develop more constructive ways of thinking that will lead to healthier and more flexible approaches to solving problems. You will feel less overwhelmed and more in control of your life. Further, you will develop specific tools that you can effectively use when life is stressful.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Dialectical-behavioral therapy (DBT) combines cognitive-behavioral techniques and mindful awareness derived from Buddhist traditions. This form of therapy focuses on developing skills to cope with stress, reducing mood swings and distress, and improving relationships with others. Through mindfulness and skills training, you will develop a stable sense of self, learn to regulate your emotions, and effectively interact with others.
Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT)
Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) is an evidence based, time-limited treatment for depression and views symptoms of depression to be the result of ineffective interpersonal relationships. The goal of treatment is to decrease symptoms by increasing one’s interpersonal effectiveness thereby developing stronger and more fulfilling relationships in one’s life. Treatment emphasizes current, rather than past relationships, and focuses on various themes such as interpersonal conflicts, role transitions, grief and loss, and social skills
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