People seek Individual Therapy to work on specific issues (like feeling anxious or depressed). However, many people come to therapy to understand themselves better. TherapySmith provides long-term talk therapy that is inclusive of Black people, Indigenous people, and other people of color, as well as being LGBTQ+ affirmative. We believe that therapy should not increase or add to the oppression that people face, but should be a liberating force in people’s lives.
Your therapist’s role is to help you identify themes or patterns and to help you reflect or think about things in a new way. What we spend our time on in session is entirely up to you and what you talk about. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t have goals! We work together to identify the purpose of our therapy, as well as how we’re going to achieve that purpose. We collaborate in order to find the best way for us to work together.
In long-term talk therapy, the most important part of the work is the relationship between you and your therapist. This means that it’s important for you to share as many of your thoughts and feelings as possible, including your thoughts and feelings about your therapist. As a result, you will gain more confidence in expressing your authentic self. If you don’t feel understood by your therapist, then the therapy won’t work.
Individual Therapy begins with meeting for a minimum of once per week for a 50-minute in-person or teletherapy appointment. Once you’ve worked together for a bit, you and your therapist may decide that meeting more or less frequently is appropriate.
Meet the TherapySmith therapists here.