About Psychotherapy

I’ll listen without judgment to the challenges and issues you bring to therapy.   After an initial assessment, and if working together seems like a good fit, we’ll develop a plan that addresses the issues or problems you have identified, capitalizes on your strengths, values and healthy connections and is focused on meeting your goals.  And you can ask questions of me and how I work at any time.

Therapy can be short-term – just a few sessions – or longer, depending on your situation, goals and the process of change that varies with each person.

Making thoughtful changes in your life can lead to reduced symptoms and a renewed sense of purpose, joy and health. Change can also be discomforting; that’s normal, healthy and necessary a lot of the time.   I’ll make sure you have a plan for self-care; a great thing about psychotherapy is that you don’t undergo this process alone.

I work and think from a family-systems perspective that views all humans as interconnected within networks of family, work and social relationships, not as individuals in a vacuum.  Learning about your family, its patterns of relating and functioning and your role or way of being in your family is essential and allows you to consider ways to change patterns there and in other areas.

I’ll also teach you to pay attention to yourself, your thoughts, feelings and actions between sessions, and may suggest other activities that help you learn, grow and change.  Therapy can succeed when you take responsibility for yourself; my role is to accompany, teach and support you as you do so.

Does what we talk about in therapy remain confidential?

It’s vital that you trust your therapist to keep sensitive issues and discussions confidential. I promise to uphold your confidentiality. Sometimes you may want your therapist to share information or give an update to another provider of health care; by law as your therapist I cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission.

And, state law and professional ethics require therapists to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:

  • Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the client or collateral sources.
  • If the therapist has reason to suspect the client is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threatened to harm another person.

Phone or text:  (315) 870-0154

Email:  brenda@hartmansouder.com