Psychological Treatment and Results
Effective psychological treatment requires openness, an attitude of collaboration, and your willingness to invest both time and effort between sessions in working toward personal change. The success of treatment cannot be guaranteed because the outcome depends significantly upon your actions. I will utilize my experience and education to work with you, and will perform my services in a professionally competent manner. In turn, your efforts will enhance the speed and effectiveness of this process.
I encourage you to ask about the procedures, goals, results and possible side effects of psychotherapy. Psychotherapy may be very beneficial for some individuals while, at the same time, there are risks.
The risks may include the experiencing of intense and unwanted feelings, including sadness, anger, fear, guilt, depression or anxiety. It is important to remember that these feelings and experiences may be natural and normal and are an important part of the therapy process, and are usually a sign of psychological integration and healing.
Other risks of therapy might include reliving unpleasant life events, facing unpleasant thoughts and beliefs, changes in one’s personal life style, and alteration of an individual’s desire or ability to deal effectively and harmoniously with others in relationships, in or out of the family. It is also important to note that therapy is only one force working to shape behavior and attitudes in a person’s life. These other forces can affect outcome, making it more difficult to reach the desired outcome.
Throughout the therapy process, I encourage you to discuss, and work on, these experiences. Not dealing with them is often what brings people into therapy. And dealing with them increases the likelihood of achieving a satisfactory outcome.