Tina Michalski MSW, LICSW Anxiety, Depression, Chronic disease, Lyme Disease
“Psychotherapy is a modern art, the product of ancient traditions intersected with modern cultural and technological paradigms. Also called “the talking cure”, psychotherapy involves treatment of mental disorders or emotional problems, but it also may focus on healthy development leading beyond issues of illness and limitation towards self-actualization and self-exploration”. Dr. Michael Bennett.
AREAS OF FOCUS
• Lyme disease and associated tick-borne infections
• Chronic pain and hard to diagnose illnesses
• Anxiety and stress associated with fertility issues
• Depression & Anxiety
• Self-Esteem and Assertive Communication
• Life transitions
• Grief and loss
WHAT IS PSYCHOTHERAPY?
Psychotherapy can be viewed as a process where mental and emotional difficulties of living are communicated between an individual and therapist. This is much more than talking about your problems, and is based on therapeutic principles, structure and technique, coupled with a supportive, therapeutic relationship between patient and therapist that is strictly professional and confidential. Psychotherapy is not giving advice, but rather a collaboration between patient and therapist with a goal of increasing awareness and fostering insight.
COUNSELOR OR PSYCHOTHERAPIST?
These terms are often used interchangeably, and while there are similarities, it is important to note the differences.
Psychotherapy generally requires more skill and training than simple counseling and is conducted by professionals educated with a graduate degree or higher, along with post-graduate, supervised clinical work. While a psychotherapist is qualified to provide counseling, a counselor may or may not have the required training and skills to provide psychotherapy.
WHY CHOOSE PSYCHOTHERAPY?
People come to therapy to get help. The reasons for therapy are as unique and diverse as the individuals who seek it, but typically people come to find assistance they haven’t found in other areas of their life. Many individuals begin therapy with the sole purpose of understanding themselves better, for personal growth, increased awareness and freeing up energy to live more fully. Seeking help is a sign of strength.