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Inside The Psychotherapy Office: What Does Therapy Look Like?

As a holistic therapist in Los Angeles, Elika Kormeili, recognizes the impact our psychological well-being and our emotional health has on our physical health. Throughout her training and work as a therapist Elika has heard many questions about what the therapy process is like, how a therapist can help, and as you can imagine many myths and biases about what therapy and counseling really are.

A big component of our success at Center for Healthy and Happy Living lies upon educating others about our services and demystifying the therapeutic process.

Without further delay, here is a glimpse of the Psychological Therapy Consulting Process.

Establishing the Framework: A contact is made between the psychotherapist and the patient. The therapist encourages the patient to conduct a self examination and problem history through the use of various questionnaires and open-ended questions. A therapist or counselor will note the feelings of the patient, the statements, and the nonverbal behavior (gestures, mimics, body language etc.)

Identification of the Problems: The therapist attempts to describe the problems of the patient. The problem(s) are explored until the therapist and patient have the same clear understanding of what the problem or problems are. This makes it possible to understand the reasons the problem exists, and sometimes it will also indicate the methods of solving them.

Looking for the Solutions: The possible solutions of the problems are explained and openly discussed. The therapist may provide additional alternatives; however, a good therapist will not impose his/her beliefs or decisions upon the patient.

Planning: The selected solutions are evaluated. The therapist helps the patient to see what realistic approaches there exist based on the previous experiences and the present readiness of the patient to change. Composing the plan of the realistic solution of the problems will also show that not all problems can be solved. Some problems require a lot of time and commitment to be solved; others can be solved only partially.

Implementing of Plan: The therapist helps the patient to build a plan of resolving the problem. The therapist also helps the patient to understand that there is a possibility of a failure in the achievement of the objective. In the case of a failure the plan of resolving the problem should be reassessed, a new plan should be created and then implemented.

Estimation and Feedback: At this point the patient together with the therapist evaluates the level of achievement of the objective (degree to which the problem is solved). It is possible to once again refine and fine tune the plan of the resolution of the problems. Returning back to the previous stages is necessary with the appearance of new or deeply concealed problems.

Keep in mind that each therapist is different and there are many different approaches to therapy, so it is important to find the right fit for you!

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