LIFE CAN BE HARD.
For all of its promises of making our lives easier and more comfortable, our society has become increasingly complex, and our emotional support systems have become disjointed and fractured. We can often find ourselves feeling overwhelmed and alone. Symptoms of sleeping difficulty, low energy, poor concentration, irritability, anxiety and panic may arise.
At these times we often seek out support of friends and family, and in some instances these support systems are all we need to help us regain our composure and confidence and resume our life's journey.
At other times, though, family and friends alone aren't enough, and can even be a hindrance to allowing vulnerability in emotional discovery. Untreated emotional illnesses can worsen and be complicated by such factors as childhood abuse, dysfunctional relationships, alcohol or substance abuse and psychiatric hospitalization. Sometimes, people try to escape their intense distress by engaging in secretive, self-defeating and shame-creating behaviors. When these secrets are discovered, their suffering gets compounded by realizing that loved ones have been hurt, surprised and confused.
Don't face it alone
But, there is hope. Psychotherapy is often quite effective at resolving a variety of psychological problems-- decreasing self-defeating behaviors, improving our relationships and living more fully in the present.
Everyone's a little different.
The length of treatment depends on a variety of factors. When the symptoms are closely related to environmental stressors that are easily modified, treatment can be short in duration.
When symptoms are related to a complex combination of environmental, behavioral and historical factors, treatment can be expected to take longer.
We can do it together.
Psychotherapy is a working relationship between therapist and client. The goal is to resolve the symptoms that have induced the client to seek treatment. Therapy involves identifying behaviors, events and circumstances related to emotional suffering.
The client soon learns the relationship between these factors and their pain. They are then able to alter these factors to reduce their pain, while increasing factors which enhance their sense of well being.
You have options
Most insurance plans provide for treatment of psychological disorders. Often, these require a member to make a copayment to a therapist at the time of the appointment. Several payment options are available and can be discussed with Dr. Blakeslee at the time of the initial appointment. For more information, please call the business office at 503-699-8389.