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Unsure about where to begin when thinking about going to therapy?

Many therapists will have a website or information about therapy and themselves, which can be helpful to see what might make the most sense for you. There are many different treatment modalities—take time to explore the different modalities and find the right fit for you. At Westside Therapy we find that meeting a therapist in person can be helpful to see if it feels like a good fit. If you like, we offer a free 15 minute phone consultation and we are happy to answer any questions you may have about therapy. 

What kind of things bring people to therapy?

People find themselves interested in going to therapy for a number of reasons. Sometimes it's about wanting to understand oneself better. Some find that they are unhappy with things and/or feel bad about themselves. It can also be because of a particular stress such as work, relationships or the overall stress of life. 

What can you expect from therapy?

We will work together to explore the specific problem and underlying roots as well as use different therapeutic interventions to work through them. Therapy can help you gain awareness, which can sometimes cause you to feel worse before you feel better. Talking about a problem can be helpful, but some find it difficult to do so. The first step in therapy is building an environment that feels safe for you to talk and explore your feelings as well as sensate reactions in order to work through issues.