Choosing a Provider

Finding the right provider can be a difficult and frustrating task.  Not connecting with the right provider can prevent you from growing and healing in the most effective way possible.  The relationship with your provider is one of the most important components of treatment and should be considered as you pursue treatement.  We hope to provide you with information that will be helpful in this process.  Click on the link for access to this information.

 

What to Expect in Therapy

 

Therapy can help you to deal with stress more effectively, decrease conflict and improve relationships, increase self-esteem, cope with trauma and/or loss, gain control over emotions, and decrease undesirable behaviors.

 

Every therapist has a different style and it is important that you feel comfortable and safe in therapy.  The therapy is for you and should be structured to help you achieve the personal goals that you set.

 

Some characteristics of therapy:

 

·         Therapy will not always feel pleasant.  Therapy should challenge you and help you to uncover what keeps you stuck.  There is no growth in stagnation.  The therapist should consistently work with you around whether the therapy is successful and you are working toward achieving your goals.

 

 

 

·         Therapy should be a safe place.  Although you will feel challenged at times, and intense emotions will surface throughout the course of therapy, you should feel safe within the therapy to be open and discuss anything with your therapist.

 

 

 

·         The therapist should work with you on setting goals.  Although “venting” can feel very relieving, it will not alone create change in your life.  If you want to see long lasting change as a result of therapy, goals need to be set and the therapist needs to ensure that the therapy is structured to work toward those goals.

 

 

Finding the right Doctor: What to Consider

 

A primary care doctor helps keep you healthy, provides a home base for all your medical needs, and is your go-to when you're sick.  Ask yourself what blend of experience and personality traits are important to you so that you and the doctor will be a good fit.  You need to look for a doctor who is patient, who will sit with you and thoroughly explain your condition and possible treatments, and who will listen will to your concerns. Important: If you are lucky enough to find the ideal doctor for you, who takes their time and listens to your concerns, realize that this doctor also has the same mannerisms with all of his/her patients. If you have to wait an extra 20-30 minutes to see your doctor beyond your scheduled appointment time, understand that the delay is due to patients who are being properly taken care of, who were scheduled before your time slot. You are likely to receive the same time, attention and care when it is your turn to see the doctor.

 

Check and see if your doctor's approach to healing is consistent with your own views and philosophies.  Some doctors practice 'holistic medicine', (caring for whole person) which considers personal and social as well as organic factors in forming a diagnosis and treatment plan. Others physicians practice 'Integrative Medicine,' which combines traditional, Western medicine with proven alternative therapies (such as acupuncture). And 'functional medicine' is rapidly becoming popular. Functional medicine aims to find and treat the underlying causes of chronic conditions, not just one specific symptom.