Tiffaney Hale MA, MFT
individuals, couples, groups, trauma, grief & loss, gender identity, sexuality
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Pyschotherapist, Los Angeles, CA
therapy process
Therapy Process, Tiffa
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Psychotherapy is a collaborative process between a client (an individual seeking assistance for mental or emotional distress) and a psychotherapist (a consultant with specialized knowledge and training who can help facilitate the resolution of the client's distress). It is designed to alleviate emotional pain and to promote personal growth and healing. The therapeutic relationship unfolds under a prescribed set of conditions, boundaries, and office policies. This therapeutic framework makes possible a safe, secure professional environment that supports the therapeutic process. This process requires open, honest communication between the client and the psychotherapist.
There are several treatment modalities -- individual, couple, family, and group therapy. Each of these modalities may be brief or long-term.
Psychotherapists work in a variety of ways based on differences in training, experience, and theoretical foundation. Some theoretical perspectives used in contemporary practice are: Psychodynamic (e.g. Intersubjective, Jungian), Family Systems, and Cognitive-Behavioral. Although these approaches may diverge greatly in theory, there is often considerable overlap in practice. My work is based in Psychodynamic and Relational theories.
In addition to psychotherapy, there are alternative treatments that can be effective in relieving emotional distress. Some examples are: medication for depression or anxiety; bodywork for relaxation and stress reduction; mediation for divorce and conflict resolution; and self-help groups, such as 12-step programs for substance abuse. These treatments may be used instead of or concurrently with psychotherapy.
Because psychotherapy may involve a substantial commitment of time, money, and energy, you will want to give close consideration to the therapist you select. It is important that you feel comfortable with and understood by your therapist.
In our initial meetings we will consider the particular issues and concerns you have brought to psychotherapy and the most appropriate treatment plan for you. I will discuss with you my training, experience, and expertise as they relate to your issues, and inform you of areas in which I am not trained. We will talk about the probable length of therapy for the kinds of issues you want to address. During this time, we can both decide whether I am the best person to meet your needs for psychotherapy. If you are not comfortable working with me, I will be happy to help you find another therapist. If we continue to work together, you have the right to end therapy at any time.
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