All of the psychotherapists at The Counseling Center are trained in individual psychotherapy and have a minimum of 20 years of experience in the field. All clinicians are licensed by the state of New York. The process of therapy begins by meeting with a member of our staff for an initial evaluation. During this time, which usually lasts 1-3 sessions, the therapist hears about what is bringing the person in for help, and together the therapist and client discuss a treatment plan. For some, therapy is short-term and focused on a particular issue while for others, therapy is more open-ended. People enter psychotherapy for a wide range of reasons. These reasons can be broken down into two main categories:
1. A Specific Problem: Some new clients come to The Counseling Center with a specific goal. It could be that a person has a particular mental health issue or diagnosis. It could be that difficult issues have arisen that the person needs help sorting through and understanding. Or sometimes it could be that one is feeling unhappy or unfulfilled and does not know why. For some people, a major transition is occurring such as a divorce, impending empty nest, or a death in the family and there is a need for a space to process these changes. The psychotherapist will help identify the issues and provide an arena to work on them.
2. Self-exploration: Even if a person does not have a specific goal and is not undergoing a particularly stressful time, individual psychotherapy can enhance life in many ways. We believe in the value of self-exploration for those who are interested in this process. Delving into one’s own thoughts and feelings with the guidance of trained professional can help to mend old wounds, improve the quality of one’s relationships and deepen one’s life experience. READY TO START? Call the Counseling Center to arrange an appointment at (914) 793-3388.