SUSAN SOSA, M.A., MFT Licensed California Marriage & Family Therapist License #39341.
Individual, Couple & Adolescent Psychotherapy. Offices in Sherman Oaks & Beverly Hills, CA .    Email: notes301@aol.com  Phone: 818.919.4061

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Psychotherapy Individual Counseling

Psychotherapy refers to different techniques and methods used to help people who are experiencing difficulties with their emotions, thoughts, or behaviors. Although there are different types of psychotherapy, each relies on communication as the basic tool for bringing about change in a person's feelings and behaviors.

In psychotherapy you can receive emotional support, receive help if dealing with loss, learn to resolve conflicts with people, understand feelings and problems, and try out new solutions to old problems. Goals for therapy may include (changing behaviors; improving relationships with friends or family; managing depression, anxiety, or anger; increasing motivation, decreasing self-destructive behaviors; and developing healthy coping strategies for life). The length of psychotherapy depends on the complexity and severity of problems.

My theoretical orientations are Cognitive-Behavioral, Psychdynamic, and Humanistic.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors…not external things, like people, situations, and events. The benefit of this fact is that we can change the way we think in order to feel and act better, even if the situation does not change.  Focus is on your present thoughts and beliefs, and how they influence your relationships, moods and actions. The goal is to change your thinking to be more adaptive and healthy. We also focus on your actions to change unhealthy behavior patterns and develop healthy behavior patterns.

Psychodynamic Therapy is important so we can have a better understanding of how your past effects the way you think, feel and behave now.

The Humanistic approach is based on the idea that the most important ingredient in psychotherapy is the relationship that develops between the therapist and the patient. The patient must feel comfortable, safe and understood. This type of trusting environment motivates the exploration of self and enables individuals to reach their full personal potential (self-actualization).