Individuals bring their own issues and preferences to therapy.

Often the relationships and concerns that bring them to treatment become part of the therapy itself and are addressed within the relationship. They may have misconceptions or chronic feelings of rejection and anxiety around others. This pattern is often experienced and misunderstood.

Individuals have often tried therapy before. Some learn the most helpful things about themselves by reflecting on past family relationships and significant experiences. "Others find it difficult or do not benefit from remembering such events and may prefer a direct approach to identify and tackle the current problem.  Sometimes there is a need for simple adjustment or a period of healing before regaining momentum to move forward.

It is the therapist's responsibility to join with the patient to create an effective and compassionate partnership that fosters growth and change.

The ability to have a trusting safe relationship is paramount to successful treatment. A good therapist must be able to listen and to understand, and then convey this understanding in a caring manner. Without this, therapy can be more like coaching, a method of helping others based on prepackaged advice rather than personal insight.

There are various forms of psychotherapy. Dynamic therapy focuses on the past and family issues. Cognitive behavior therapy is more of a here and now therapy dealing with problem solving, relaxation and corrective thinking patterns. Family therapy and couples therapy use these techniques as well as strategies addressing communication and relationship issues. Play therapy provides a method to put the feelings out and change the perception through observation and action. An experienced clinician draws from different theoretical schools to meet the client's changing needs.