Counseling, or psychotherapy, is a non-invasive, drug-free, relatively low-risk form of treatment that can help reduce many kinds of distress. It is different from talking to a friend or family member in that:
- your psychologist is objective; they have few preconceptions about you as they are not otherwise involved in your life
- psychologists are specialists in human behavior
- the counseling relationship is all about you rather than being two-way or reciprocal
- specific goals are identified that client and therapist work on together
Individuals, couples, families and groups can benefit from counseling. Please read Dr. Ochester’s blog post on “How Psychotherapy Helps” to learn more about the benefits of counseling as well as the potential risks.
The first meeting is an initial interview in which the therapist and client get to know each other, the therapist makes a preliminary assessment of the issues, client and therapist determine whether there is a good match, and together they make a basic plan.
A good match is important because research has shown that the quality of the therapist-client relationship is a significant factor in successful outcomes. This means that the therapist must have the experience and expertise to meet the client’s needs and the client feels comfortable with the therapist. If for any reason the therapist is not a good match for a client, she or he can provide referral options that may work better.
After the initial interview, the standard is once weekly, 45-minute therapy sessions, but this can be flexible depending upon the therapist’s approach, the specific needs of the client, and the severity of the concerns. There are many different types of psychotherapy and some will be a better match for certain clients and specific presenting concerns than others.
Dr. Ochester believes that the treatment she provides to clients should be “empirically supported“. This means that she uses techniques which have been shown to be beneficial in scientific studies that have met stringent criteria for research. Dr. Ochester has extensive training and experience with Cognitive Behavior Therapy, a well-established treatment for anxiety, depression and other health conditions. Her therapy approach is also mindfulness informed, the benefits of which are emerging in the psychotherapy research.
Please don’t hesitate to call us at 913-735-5566 to learn more about Dr. Ochester’s services or schedule an initial appointment using our secure, HIPAA compliant, online scheduler.