Andrea McGill Psychotherapy

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Is therapy right for me?

Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, or problems with anxiety or depression. Many people are confronting the effects of trauma and PTSD. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one's life such as a divorce or loss or the next stage of your life's journey. .It makes sense to seek independent and nonjudgmental help when you feel confused or overwhelmed.  Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. I can help you address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, grief, couples communication improvements, trauma and PTSD, and general life transitions. Therapy is right for you if you are interested in getting the most out of your life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and learning to accept yourself as a unique and worthy person.

Do I really need therapy?  I can usually handle my problems.

Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. In fact, therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that awareness is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to understand how your beliefs, values, and patterns are currently guiding your choices. Our work together has the potential to provide long-lasting benefits and support, give you the skills you need to understand your triggers, let go of damaging patterns, and offer you new tools to use to address whatever losses, trauma, or challenges you are currently facing.


How can therapy help me?

A number of benefits are available from participating in psychotherapy. I am skilled in providing support, teaching problem-solving skills, and collaborating with you to develop coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety, relationship troubles, unresolved childhood issues, grief/loss, wounding from childhood trauma and attachment disorders, and PTSD. Our work together may also be a tremendous asset to managing personal growth, interpersonal relationships, family concerns, marriage conflict and/or communication concerns, and the hassles of daily life. One of my goals as a therapist is to offer you a safe place to explore your beliefs, and provide tools for growth and healing. 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:


What is therapy like?

Every therapy session is unique and caters to your individual and specific goals. We will discuss the primary issues and concerns in your life during therapy sessions. It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts fifty minutes. Therapy can be short-term, focusing on a specific issue, or longer-term, addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal growth.
In session we practice the skill of learning to be more attuned to the body. We will collaborate and explore the beliefs and values that may no longer be a good fit for where you are in your life. The therapeutic relationship requires authenticity from both the client and the therapist. In this way the relationship becomes a part of developing new neural pathways and connections. My belief in the mind/body connection means that our work will include some somatic exercises for your use both inside and outside of our sessions. These somatic exercises are tools to aid you in relieving stress and anxiety. 
Therapy is most effective when you are an active participant, during and between the sessions. When you seek psychotherapy with the determination to take responsibility for your actions, work towards self-acceptance, and create greater awareness in your life, you truly learn to empower yourself. Here are some things you can expect out of therapy:


Is medication a substitute for therapy?

In some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what's 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, therapy addresses the cause of your distress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness, which is the focus of somatic approaches to healing.

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:

 

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Berkeley, CA 94707
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