How can therapy help me / my children with special needs / my relationship / etc?

Marriage and family therapists such as ourselves provide general support as well as problem-solving skills, and effective coping strategies for managing issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, parenting issues, etc. Many people also find that counseling is a tremendous asset to managing interpersonal relationships, family problems, marriage issues, and the myriad little things that pop up in daily life. Marriage and family therapy provides new perspectives and solutions to difficult problems. Some of the benefits therapy can offer are:

  • Better understanding of your goals and values
  • Improved parenting strategies
  • New and more effective ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Improving communication and listening skills
  • New behavior patterns
  • New methods to solve problems in your family, marriage and relationships
  • Improved self-esteem and self-confidence

I usually just deal with my problems. Why would I try therapy?

While you may have successfully navigated through issues, there’s nothing wrong with seeking out extra support for a particularly challenging situation or circumstance.

Therapy is most effective with when people have enough self-awareness to realize they could use some outside assistance. Working with a marriage and family therapist means making a commitment to change for the better. Therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, giving you the tools you need to to navigate relationship challenges, parenting challenges with special needs children, and more, with real success.

What is therapy like?

Marriage and family therapist Alison Johnson knows the dangers of a one-size-fits-all approach and designs each therapy plan based on the needs and goals of the client. In general, we will discuss what’s going on in your life, history relevant to your issues, and progress (or any new insights) from prior sessions.

Successful therapy is all about applying what you learn in session back into your life. This means that besides the therapy itself there may be short assignments such as reading a pertinent book, keeping a journal on specific topics, or taking actions toward your goals.

What about medication vs. psychotherapy?

It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what’s best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.