Therapy is a relationship between therapist and client that encourages self-awareness and self-acceptance. You and your therapist work together in the context of a caring and secure connection to understand your symptoms of distress. We explore your personal history, and current experiences and difficulties. Through this relationship your mind can learn to reprocess experiences and self-regulate, so that symptoms recede and you can function optimally. Professional counseling for mental health can dramatically improve one’s life satisfaction and sense of well-being.
The Therapy Process
The treatment process itself allows for reworking disturbing past experiences that have prevented mature, healthy functioning. Therapy is helpful for acute or singular events such as an accident, job loss, end of a relationship, or a sudden life change. In these instances therapy is focused and may be brief. It is also helpful for more complex or developmental experiences such as physical, emotional or sexual abuse, childhood neglect, chronic low self-esteem, depression or anxiety, familial addiction or mental illness.
When to Seek Therapy
The drive to be healthy and connected to others is primary and essential, but life often brings us experiences that unbalance our equilibrium, and emotional or behavioral symptoms may develop.
Emotional symptoms of anxiety, depression, bipolar or PTSD include:
- excessive worry
- difficulty concentrating
- trouble making decisions
- mood swings
- manic episodes
- lack of motivation
Behavioral problems that benefit from therapy:
- eating disorders
- compulsive behaviors
Life circumstances may also prompt professional help:
- relationship difficulties
- loss of a loved one
- workplace conflict
- loss of employment
- familial mental or physical illness
- medical conditions
- criminal charges or disciplinary actions
Any of these symptoms or circumstances may signal the need for professional help and support to regain emotional balance.
Psychotherapy for Positive Change
At Silver Spring Psychotherapy Associates, we are informed by a repertoire of clinically effective approaches and models that optimize our personalized work with our clients. Our extensive experience with clients throughout the Washington DC metropolitan area allows us to tailor treatment to meet your individual psychological needs.
If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us to speak with a therapist.