Month: January 2013

What Can I Expect from Marriage Counseling in Boca Raton

The decision to seek marriage counseling is one that is often made at a stressful and unstable point in our lives.  With that in mind, it is sometimes made hastily without time taken to think about the process of marriage counseling or have a solid understanding of what it entails.  Like most decisions, it is important to come to marriage counseling as informed as possible, with a vision of what you would like to achieve and what you can expect in return.

The process of marriage counseling certainly varies to some degree, based on different approaches and styles from one marriage counselor to another, but several factors remain constant.  The goal of marriage counseling is to help you and your partner work through differences and problems, develop new and effective skills to navigate through difficulties, and to find a greater sense of fulfillment and happiness within the relationship.

At the start of the marriage counseling process, your marriage therapist will assess the current state of your relationship and help you to recognize unhealthy or ineffective patterns and behaviors that are contributing to your presenting issues.  In marriage counseling, your therapist will also work with you to establish the goals you have for treatment.  For example, some couples would like to improve their communication skills while others are looking for greater intimacy.  Whatever your goals for marriage counseling may be, the therapist will work with you to tailor a plan that best suits your needs.

Once the goals have been established and pitfalls are identified, your marriage therapist will work with you and your partner together and, at times, individually, to help you work on the issues that are negatively contributing to your relationship.  They will help you correct negative patterns and behaviors by making you aware of how and when they happen.  They will also teach you new skills and patterns as well as help you enhance the strengths that each of you have to combat problems and increase positive interactions.

Throughout this process of marriage counseling, your therapist will check in with you to assess progress and ensure that everyone is on the same page and happy with the treatment.  Adjustments can be made, as needed based on changing needs within the relationship or by reaching the originally agreed-upon goals and adding new ones. Marriage counseling will come to an end once the couple and therapist have worked together to reach the established goals or once the couple has come to a point where they feel they are ready to move forward on their own.  Often we find that couples will begin to taper off with marriage counseling sessions as they establish their newly defined relationship.

At Proliance Center in Boca Raton, you can expect your marriage counseling experience to follow this pattern closely.  You will work with your counselor in a comfortable and private environment where you can feel safe in expressing your concerns and desires.  You can also expect that you will work with an educated and experienced therapist whose priority is to meet your needs and continually assess your progress and happiness with your experience.  If you have questions about the process of marriage counseling, we invite you to discuss your options with us at anytime by phone or in person!

Finding a Therapist in Boca Raton

Most people during some point in their life go through something challenging and may need or seek therapy. The first step in this process is finding a therapist. Finding a good therapist in Boca Raton can be an overwhelming challenge when in a time of needing help.

Many people take the approach of finding a therapist in Boca Raton by recommendation. This may work for some people, but every person has different issues that need to be addressed. Proliance Center has a plethora of therapists and psychiatrists who specialize in all areas of mental health. Finding a reputable therapist in Boca Raton is also another issue when going through this process.

A few things to keep in mind when finding a therapist in Boca Raton:

  • How much experience does this person have?
  • What are their credentials?
  • What do they specialize in?
  • How do they present themselves and how do you feel around them?
  • Does the therapist seemed uninterested or in a rush during your sessions?
  • How does the office setting make you feel?

Most importantly you should go with how comfortable you feel during your sessions.

Finding a therapist in Boca Raton is an easy task with some help.

For more information read our more informative page on tips on finding a psychiatrist.

Tips for Finding a Psychiatrist

In Finding a Psychiatrist  keep in mind several.  It is important that the person to be knowledgeable, experienced and sensitive to your individual circumstance.

In Finding a Psychiatrist keep in mind how much experience do they have?  How long have they been in practice?  Do they see just kids, or do they also regularly see adolescents and adults?  How comfortable are they with the population they see?  Does the Psychiatrist regularly see patients with conditions similar to yours?  All of these help to reassure you that the Psychiatrist you choose has treated and helped others in your individual circumstance.

When Finding a Psychiatrist some things are important to keep in mind regarding sensitivity.  What is the Psychiatrist like? Does he or she put you at ease, listen to you and answer your questions?  Are they in a hurry to see the next person or do they spend time with you so you don’t feel rushed? Does the Psychiatrist make you feel like you are a partner in the treatment or do they tell you what you will be doing with minimal regard to your own opinions and feelings? Is the Psychiatrist friendly, personable, and easy to talk to? Is this person someone that you can trust with your most intimate and private matters? Are they able to explain things to you in a comfortable way you can easily understand?  Is this person someone you could refer to a family member or friend?  All of these are important because you need to find someone who is a good fit with you.

Equally as important is knowledge. Does the Psychiatrist contribute to the community such as a Fellow or even a Distinguished Fellow of a Psychiatric Society? What is their local reputation when several people in the community are asked? Has any action been taken against the individual from a medical board?  Is the Psychiatrist Board Certified in one or more specialties?  Does that person talk to other peers on a regular basis and exchange ideas with them?  Does the Psychiatrist  stay up to date with modern practice methods and is therefore current? Is the Psychiatrist a qualified medical school graduate from a United States medical school?

Lastly, but very important to many individuals is the office atmosphere. What is the office appearance like?  What is the environment like? Does it feel like a home:  warm and welcoming or like a clinic:  cold and distant?   What is the office staff like? Are they friendly? How easy is it to schedule appointments with the office?  Do you have to wait a long time in order to see the doctor? Is the office private?  This is important for many people so that they won’t run into anyone they may know.  All these are factors that should be considered in your search for a Psychiatrist who will be the right fit for you.

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