Counseling & Psychotherapy
Individuals, couples and families seek counseling or psychotherapy for many different reasons and situations. Some people have specific issues they are struggling with or need guidance about, such as depression/anxiety, parenting, communication, or coping with a life change or transition. Other people may not be sure what exactly is bothering them, they just know they are not happy or that life is a struggle. Psychotherapy provides a safe, confidential space to assist people to process thoughts and feelings, heal past and present challenges, discover/create solutions and practice coping skills.
These terms are often used interchangeably. Traditionally in the past, “counseling” was often used to refer to more short term, issue specific treatment, while psychotherapy referred to a more open-ended treatment model. A short-term model often uses a specific focus or approach such as behavioral/cognitive therapy to assist a client in 1-12 sessions. In longer treatment, a variety of approaches may be used, such as psychodynamic, rational emotive, along with behavioral/cognitive therapy and others, often creating a unique and eclectic model.
The frequency and duration of treatment varies from person to person, with short term considered less then 12 visits. People are usually seen once a week or every other week. There is no “right” or “wrong” and therapy is tailored for each person and their unique situation. A client should feel comfortable with asking their therapist about his or her approach and what to expect.
To make an appointment with Mary M. Dowling LCSW-C
Contact Mary directly at:
(410) 964-9100, ext. 5