Dr. Kira Bartlett

FAQ - General Psychotherapy

1. Is psychotherapy right for me?
The decision to enter therapy is a very personal one. For some, there are long-standing issues, or struggles with anxiety or depression, for example. For others, difficulties with life transitions, such as job loss, young adult transitions, the arrival of a new baby or a separation or divorce. Others may seek additional support in order to pursue personal exploration or growth. Therapy can provide support, insight, and new perspectives for many of life’s challenges. Therapy is right for anyone who is hoping to get the most out of his/her life, to increase self-awareness, and to work toward making positive changes in one’s life.

2. What are the risks/benefits of psychotherapy?
Entering therapy is a wonderful opportunity to gain insight into life’s challenges and to begin to enhance one’s own development and growth. It can dramatically reduce feelings of distress and improve relationships and family dynamics. Other benefits include superior listening and communication skills, increased confidence and well-being and improved methods of managing anger and other negative feelings. Many clients report enhanced quality of life, acquiring new skills for handling stress and anxiety and a new openness to modifying long-standing unhealthy behaviors.

Sometimes, however, clients may experience discomfort as they move through the process of psychotherapy. These feelings can be a natural result of exploring unpleasant parts of one’s life but are essential for working through and improving one’s situation.

 

3. I’m feeling confused and overwhelmed by a new job. Is this an issue that be addressed through psychotherapy?
Yes. Examining your role in work related struggles is a very important way of improving performance and satisfaction in the workplace. Therapy can be useful in exploring new ways to manage stress and negotiate the social aspects of professional interactions that may be challenging for some.

4. I feel sad, hopeless and have little desire to do the things I used to enjoy. I am also having trouble sleeping. Am I depressed?
Possibly. We will evaluate your symptoms and begin to create a treatment plan to work toward helping you to feel better. Exploring the reasons for your depressed feelings, while simultaneously examining different coping skills and strategies, will help you move in a more positive direction.

5. Are there books or websites you recommend?
Yes, depending on the nature of your concerns, there are many helpful resources you might begin to explore. Check out this list of my suggestions.

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"As when building a bridge, we work both sides of the broad river that rushes in between. For instance, our interpretation relates a past experience to a present one, to some neurotic tendency of the patient that started long ago and is still in evidence. Understanding the roots of his tendency will help the patient conceptualize it in the present and deal with it. Back and forth we go, heightening the patient's appreciation of his experience and behavior at both times. When the two sides of the bridge become solidly constructed, it becomes easier for the patient to make the connection."
The Heart of Psychotherapy (1984). Weinberg, G., St. Martins Press, N.Y.