Psychiatric Practice of Steven M. Gordon & Associates

Our Psychiatric Services apply complementary therapy and medication management approaches and techniques in order to unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life. 

How Can Therapy Help Me?   What is Therapy Like?  |  Is Therapy Confidential?

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How Can Therapy Help Me?

A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy. Therapists at Synergy Strive can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief, stress management, body image issues, OCD, ADHD and creative blocks.

Many people also find that Therapists can be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the hassles of daily life. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Some of the benefits available from therapy include:

  1. Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
  2. Developing skills for improving your relationships
  3. Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
  4. Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  5. Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
  6. Improving communications and listening skills
  7. Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
  8. Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage

What is Therapy Like?

Every therapy session is unique and caters to each individual and their specific goals. It is standard for therapists to discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly or bi-weekly sessions, where each session lasts around fifty minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth. There may be times when you are asked to take certain actions outside of the therapy sessions, such as reading a relevant book or keeping records to track certain behaviors. It is important process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between sessions. For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant, both during and between the sessions. People seeking psychotherapy are willing to take responsibility for their actions, work towards self-change and create greater awareness in their lives ultimately feeling more empowered within their personal life setting. Here are some things you can expect out of therapy:

  1. Compassion, respect and understanding
  2. Perspectives to illuminate persistent patterns and negative feelings
  3. Real strategies for enacting positive change
  4. Effective and proven techniques along with practical guidance

Is Therapy Confidential?

In general, the law protects the confidentiality of all communications between a client and psychotherapist. No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.

However, there are some exceptions required by law to this rule. Exceptions include:

  1. Suspected child abuse or dependent adult or elder abuse. The therapist is required to report this to the appropriate authorities immediately.
  2. If a client is threatening serious bodily harm to another person. The therapist is required to notify the police.
  3. If a client intends to harm himself or herself. The therapist will make every effort to work with the individual to ensure their safety. However, if an individual does not cooperate, additional measures may need to be taken.

Medication Management and Evaluation

In some cases, a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. Our Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner will work with you to determine what is best for you. It is our belief therapeutically that both therapy and medications are most effective when practiced together which has been proven through research by the National Institutes of Mental Health. Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve a sustainable growth and a greater sense of well being with an integrative approach to mental health wellness.