road2recovery psychotherapy - april nelson afoa, lic. mft#45284
What is a Marriage and Family Therapist? In the state of California, the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) licenses Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) who hold a masters degree in counseling or psychology, have completed 3000 hours of supervised clinical experience, and passed two rigorous exams. All this training and practical experience prepares MFTs for treating the emotional and relational difficulties of individuals, couples and families.
Is therapy right for me? There's nothing wrong with accessing support when you need it. Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of issues. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting tools needed to avoid triggers, change problematic behaviors, and stabilize erratic moods.
How can therapy help me? Therapists can provide support, problem-solving skills, and enhanced coping strategies. Many people find therapists to facilitate personal growth, stronger and more stable relations, and being better able to navigate issues of daily living. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn.
What is therapy like?   Therapy can be short-term focusing on a specific issue or longer-term addressing more complex issues or ongoing personal or relational growth.  For therapy to be most effective you must be an active participant.  I am highly collaborative in my work with clients, emphasizing the therapeutic relationship that serves to both support and challenge.  It is important to process what has been discussed and integrate it into your life between sessions, I therefore occasionally assign "homework" between sessions, such as reading a relevant book, journaling feelings and logging behaviors, or taking some sort of concrete action related to what we are discussing.  It is common to schedule a series of weekly sessions, where each session lasts around fifty minutes.
Is therapy confidential?  The law protects the confidentiality of communications between a client and psychotherapist.  No information is disclosed without prior written permission from the client.  Life-endangering exceptions include:
·  Suspected abuse of a child, dependant adult or elder.
·  If a client threatens the life of an identifiable other person.
·  If a client is suicidal or unable to attend to activities of daily living.
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