The goal of psychotherapy is to gain a greater sense of happiness and fullfillment, have more satisfying relationships, and live more closely to our full potential. By examining our thoughts, feelings and behaviors therapy can help us find new ways of coping with distressing emotions and decreasing inner and interpersonal conflicts. Psychotherapy can, at times, be experienced as emotionally uncomfortable. Beginning therapy takes courage and strength. It is not easy to examine yourself, become aware of your behaviors and try to make changes. Therapy can provide the safety and support needed to make lasting change. Research shows that more people are helped by this process when thery are matched with the right therapist.
How does one know when to seek professional help?
You probably want to consider finding help if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.
- Feel “stuck” or feel that life is out of control.
- Find yourself unable to find pleasure in activities previously found pleasurable.
- Find relationships unsatisfying.
- Feel anxious, sad, or unable to get things accomplished.
- If you have been feeling sad and helpless for a long time despite help from friends and family and your own efforts.
- If you have been unable to concentrate or function at work at the same level as you used to.
- If you find yourself indulging in self-destructive behaviors like drinking too much, abusing drugs or prescription medicine, or getting into fights with others.
- If you are sleeping significantly more or are unable to sleep.If you have a weight loss or gain that is alarming to yourself or others.
- If you are having thoughts of self harm or harm to others.
Couple and Relationship Therapy
Couples often seek relationship therapy when they are experiencing conflict, or are under stress and the communication has broken down. All relationships require ongoing work but specially when resentment, contempt and anger have built up over time and is affecting other aspects of your life. Couple therapy allows individuals to recognize patterns of behavior, stresses in the relationship, and own responsibility for their respective contribution in creating emotional distance. A trusting environment is created where each person in the relationship learns to communicate their vulnerabilities and needs in a more effective manner leading to a healthier, more intimate and a mutually satisfying relationship.
Parent Training and Support
The goal of parent training is to improve parent-child interactions and more effective parenting skills. Using principals of attachment and learning theories, and effective communication, parent training helps parents become more empathetic towards children and understand the underlying reasons for problematic behaviors. In addition parents become aware of their own values and beliefs guiding their parenting approach, learn to communicate in an effective manner, and in turn help enhance their children’s self-esteem.
For parents who may be dealing with a child’s special needs, learning disabilities, or experiencing major life transitions, eg. divorce, parent training provides support and guidance in meeting those needs.
The goal of mediation and collaboration divorce is to help the family in the process of reorganization, through separation and divorce, while maintaining the rights and responsibilities of parent-child relationships. The focus is to prevent emotional damage to all parties, especially children, by increasing cooperative problem solving and allowing for parental self-determination.
Mediation is also useful in helping families going through other familial or intergenerational disputes by opening up channels of communication, finding lasting resolutions and rebuilding relationships. Dr. Bhatia does not provide legal advise or recommend terms of agreements. She helps people reach their own decisions which may include mutually agreed upon intentions and plans for building trust and rebuilding relationships.
Dr. Bhatia aims to work with individuals, families and couples with cultural awareness and sensitivity.
Tanya Gill is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, with a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. Tanya’s approach to psychotherapy is integrative, individualized, and culturally-sensitive to meet the client’s needs. She works with individuals and couples in either short-term solution-focused therapy or long term insight-oriented therapy.
Tanya specializes in working with individuals who want to improve their relationships, adjust through significant life transitions both personally and professionally, as well as any cultural issues. She also specializes in working with couples to gain insight into patterns in relationships and to communicate more effectively. She works collaboratively to help couples identify and express their needs and wants to each other and find constructive solutions.