Philosophy of Treatment (continued)

You and I will work together to develop an individualized treatment plan targeted toward your goals. Treatment will conclude when you feel you have reached the goals you have set for yourself. I welcome and encourage you to share your comments and questions throughout treatment. Because of the relational nature of psychotherapy, it is important that you participate actively in your own treatment. It is also helpful that we move together through the stages of a relationship, which includes its termination.

I strongly urge that when you feel finished with our work together, that we address the ending of the experience at a final termination session.

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Potential Benefits And Risks of Therapy

Whenever you make changes in your life, there are potential risks and benefits.

Benefits include solving problems, improving relationships and enhancing the quality of your life. Changes made in therapy may bring unforeseen changes in your life: changes in how you communicate or interact may produce adverse or negative responses from others. Spouses or family members may be unwilling or unable to change to meet your development, and marital or family conflicts could intensify as feelings are expressed. Individual issues may surface during work on a couple or family relationship. You may become aware of issues you had not recognized before you began therapy.

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