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Siobhan O'Neil Hannes, Psy.D.
PSYCHOTHERAPY AND ASSESSMENT
Adult & Adolescent Psychotherapy
 
People seek psychotherapy for different reasons.  Sometimes, it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues. Other times, it is in response to unexpected changes in one's life, such as a divorce, death, illness, or work transition.  A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy.  

Psychotherapists 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 and creative blocks. Many people also find that psychotherapists can be a tremendous asset in managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage issues, and the challenges of daily life. Psychotherapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you towards a solution.  Some of the  available benefits from therapy include:
  • Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your goals, and your values
  • Developing skills for improving your relationships
  • Finding resolution to the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy
  • Learning new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
  • Managing anger, grief, depression, and other emotional pressures
  • Improving communications and listening skills
  • Changing old behavior patterns and developing new ones
  • Discovering new ways to solve problems in your family or marriage
  • Improving your self-esteem and boosting self-confidence

In some cases a combination of medication and psychotherapy is the right course of action. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what is best for you. It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptom, psychotherapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness.