"Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom."
-Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning
There are many reasons why you may be seeking psychotherapy. You may need to address ambivalent feelings or strong, opposing forces related to something important in your life. You may be dealing with a life stressor that seems to require more out of you than you feel you have to give right now. Maybe life doesn't feel as meaningful and rewarding as it once did and you've noticed difficulties with getting things done, or getting to sleep at night. Just deciding to enter therapy can also be fraught with mixed feelings. Research shows that even those suffering from anxiety or depression delay or don't seek treatment, and may have some fears about the process of therapy. It is actually common to feel some uncertainty when deciding whether to begin therapy and which therapist to see.
Fortunately, we also know from research that psychotherapy can be effective for addressing numerous psychological problems, improving relationships, and enhancing one's quality of life. Therapy can help people deal with the opposing influences in their lives and arrive at a meaningful resolution.
I look forward to answering your questions and hearing any concerns you may have about therapy and whether it is right for you. If you are already committed to engaging in therapy I will help you to compassionately address whatever opposing forces are keeping you from living your life with greater peace, vitality, and joy.
Therapy with Dr. Taitano:
~ Is centered on YOU
I follow your lead and help you explore your own perceptions, feelings, needs and values
Changes are based on your values and expectations, not on mine
Your unique, innate strengths and abilities are honored
Your expertise is respected; you are the expert on you
I work collaboratively with you and seek your informed permission for everything we do together
Your cultural background and values are honored
I work to remain nonjudgmental and compassionate
If preferred, your individual spiritual/religious beliefs are integrated with therapy
~ Employs evidence-based approaches
Uses scientifically-supported methods
Based on best practices and latest findings in the field of psychology
Psychotherapy can help you arrive at a different place in relation to the issue(s) you bring to therapy so that these problems no longer rule or overwhelm your life or interfere with the way you want to live your life. In order to achieve this goal, I will work together with you to help you determine which values are most important to you. I then use different approaches (please go to "About Psychotherapy With Dr. Taitano" above) depending upon you and your situation to decrease interference from the problems you have identified while helping you live your life according to your most cherished values.