Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy is a process of talk therapy.  There are no drugs or other chemicals involved, but if appropriate or requested, Dr. Yeh will provide you with referrals to psychiatrists, trained to treat patients with medication.

Dr. Yeh works with individuals, couples, and families.  Her skills address mood problems like feeling depressed, lonely, or hopeless, or feeling anxious or stressed.  Her relationship work includes problems between peers at work or in school, between parents and kids, between spouses or partners, or just problems relating to other people or situations.  Patients include children, teens, and adults, anyone who is old enough to benefit from this kind of therapy that involves making choices for oneself.

Dr. Yeh employs a transdiagnostic patient-centered approach to cognitive therapy.  Translated: her work with her patients is tailored to the individual, rather than to the diagnosis, and her approach is based on the idea that how people think affects how they feel.  Her goals are to facilitate, teach, and equip her patients with the tools to deal with their problems.

New patients often wonder how long therapy will take.  That's a difficult question to answer because each individual is unique and enters the therapy process at a different point in his or her life.  In general, therapy starts out with taking some time to measure the basics. Like going to a medical doctor's office and getting your temperature and blood pressure taken, Dr. Yeh will assess your emotional well-being and life situation.  You'll also receive an extensive written introduction to what therapy is and what you can expect. She will want to hear from you about what you are hoping for and gather your history, the same as any doctor would need to have before starting a new treatment.

Once these important first steps are completed, therapy continues with focusing on what the patient wants to change. One final important point to note is that therapy doesn't happen without some work. Actually, there's some pretty important and key commitments involved. It is like learning to cook; if a person takes a class and watches an instructor talk about cooking, by the end of the course, the individual might have learned something about cooking, but he might not have the ability or confidence to cook a 4-course meal. In working with Dr. Yeh, patients will have to consider their willingness to do homework between sessions and practice what they are learning in order to be a large part of helping themselves get the results they want. It is a commitment and not one that every individual may be prepared to make.

Please contact Dr. Yeh if you have any questions about psychotherapy or want to explore if this is the right approach for you.

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