Meg offers individual therapy and couples therapy as well as counseling and consultation for parents. She works with many client issues including relationships, stress management, communication skills, boundary setting, perfectionism, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, trauma, parenting, navigating life challenges, and personal growth. Meg’s way of working is to help clients cultivate their own healing resources. She uses mindfulness, cognitive behavioral tools, and experiential modes of practice. Meg is EMDR trained and utilizes this form of treatment to help clients recover from trauma. She has provided counseling since 2005 and has a warm and supportive style. Meg has a deep respect for how vulnerable one might feel having taken the step to seek help and therefore is very conscious of letting clients set the pace of the healing work. If you would like to discuss your concerns before making an appointment, please give Meg a call.
Risks and Benefits of Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy is a professional relationship devoted to the client’s psychological and emotional growth and well-being. Relieving emotional pain, reducing problematic symptoms, improving relationships, and changing behaviors and lifestyle may be some of the therapeutic goals of psychotherapy. The overarching principle of psychotherapy is helping clients find their own solutions to life challenges.
The role of the therapist is to listen, ask questions and guide clients as well as assist them in creating healthy emotional habits. The guidance from the therapist is based on the therapist’s knowledge and theory of mental health and relational dynamics, as well as insights into the presentation of the individual or couple in therapy.
Many of the goals of psychotherapy are achieved by talking; experiencing and sharing feelings; finding new ways of understanding and caring for the self; as well as participating in experiential exercises.
The process of therapy may evoke strong feelings including sadness, anger, fear, etc. In an effort to promote healing, the therapist may challenge the client’s perceptions and assumptions, and offer different perspectives. The issues presented to the client may result in unintended outcomes, including changes in personal relationships. The client should be aware that any decision on the status of his/her personal relationships is the responsibility of client.
It is also common in the therapeutic process for the client to sometimes feel worse before they feel better. Personal growth and change may be easy and swift at times, but may also be slow and frustrating. Clients should address any concerns he/she has regarding his/her progress in therapy with therapist. Voicing concerns allows the therapeutic process to be more collaborative and effective.