Process of Change

Psychotherapy is an experience in which change is brought through various approaches to psychotherapy.  The essence of such change is ultimately behavioral but occurs from both within a person and in a person's overt behavior.  Thus, in psychotherapy change occurs in a person's thinking, feeling and behavior.  This type of change is brought about by the development of the therapeutic relationship, a relationship in which trust of the therapist by the client and trust of the process occurs.  For change to occur, in fact, what evolves is a type of mutual trust between the client and the therapist in which the client trusts the therapist to seek to be helpful and the therapist trusts that the client will commit him/herself to the ongoing experience of psychotherapy.  From this foundation of trust, the client is able to honestly understand him/herself in such a manner that the depression or anxiety or relationship problems or vocational struggles he/she brings to therapy can be openly, directly examined.  In this type of honesty and trust, then, the client can begin to realize that there are more options open in his/her living than thought before.  As this realization unfolds, the client then becomes better able to make choices and decisions that lead him/her away from destructive to constructive feelings, thoughts, and behaviors.  In essence, the therapist acts as a kind of coach for this movement from problem-centered behavior to solution-centered strategies for changing the client's life.



TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT WITH DR. GARY L. PHILLIPS PLEASE CONTACT HIM DIRECTLY AT (847) 446-0050 OR EMAIL HIM AT INTEGRATEDTHERAPY.INFO




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