Alison Saylor Alison Saylor, MA, MFT

While it can be hard to define what your course of therapy might look like as everyone has slightly different goals, needs and personalities, there are some elements in common. Every course of treatment will begin with goal setting and assessing the issues involved. Once I have an idea of what you would like to work on, I will begin with very concrete advice and provide information about how to manage the problems in the short term, whether they stem from depression, anxiety, addiction etc. I will also gather information about your current situation and your history. In this process I will be looking for patterns and styles of relating and helping to make connections between the past and the present. With this newfound insight, we will be working on changing these life long patterns in a long term way. Each week will involve a reflection on the prior week, looking at progress and, if needed, what obstacles still need to be worked through in order reach your goals.

The psychotherapist-client relationship is unlike any other and can take some getting used to. There is not the back and forth sharing that exists in most other relationships, the time and focus is entirely on you, helping you move towards your goals, helping you feel better. Another important difference is that in a therapeutic relationship it is important to bring up anything the therapist is or is not doing that you are unhappy with. In other relationships this may be considered rude or inappropriate and is often avoided. In a therapy relationship, it is extremely important to do so, some of the most import insights and progress can be made from these very interactions. The relationship between the therapist and the client can be used in a meta way, as a template for understanding your patterns of relating in general and making these explicit in discussion can pave the way for changing these patterns first in the therapy room as practice then in your relationships with all others in your life.

 

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