We don't “believe in therapy” either.
Digging around to find “what’s wrong with you” isn’t our thing so we don’t go looking for problems just to keep you coming back. To clarify: We don't think everyone has to attend therapy to have a fulfilling life and we don’t expect anyone to be in therapy forever. In fact, we are happy to teach you what we know so you can be your own therapist! If you have an issue, our psychologists and counselors will help you figure it out and go back to your REAL life. Remember, if you aren’t getting something out of psychotherapy, it’s time to move on.
We don't buy into the old myth that good psychologists and counselors have to have been in their own therapy. Physicians don’t have to recover from cancer to treat it, personal trainers don’t have to lose 100 lbs. to help someone else, and some of the best "therapists" you’ve had in your own life never spent a day in training or a second on the therapy couch. Bad things have happened since the dawn of time and somehow people made it without therapists.
We have our #@$% together.
Our therapists not only look the part, we LIVE the part. Our offices (and homes) are tidy, we show up on time, we keep our promises, we cross our t's, dot our i's, and practice what we preach. We are also REAL people...not weird-o therapist types ;-) Several of us had other (successful!) careers and accomplished (major!) personal goals...all without having to use "therapy voice" or "therapy face." We are parents, teachers, athletes, speakers, coaches, spouses, siblings, and friends.
Most PSYCHē therapists came to the field because we were the rocks (aka "therapists") in our own families or friend groups. And although each of us has been through tough life circumstances beyond our control, we didn't let it define us. Instead, used it to bring more heart to our therapy. We believe that a therapist should be solid--and someone you might even want to emulate. After all, why would you take advice from someone who can't seem to manage their own life???
We have an opinion and you may not like it.
PSYCHē's therapists are notorious for speaking their minds. There's a saying around our office, "this ain't a tea party--this is therapy." Although our clinicians are diplomatic and highly skillful in their communication style, they won't let you leave wondering what they actually think. We believe you pay for a professional opinion and are entitled to get it--even if it means you fire us because you don't like it. Better to know and leave than stay and be in the dark.
A therapist should not leave you guessing about what they think will make you feel better or what needs to change to make that happen. Sadly, being in the profession we know that therapists talk about clients behind their backs to other colleagues in a way they would never speak to them in person. Or they say what a client wants to hear in order to keep them coming (and paying) weekly. No thanks. Not for us.
We know we can’t do it alone.
You may not realize it, but the majority of private practice therapists operate in a "group" of independent, solo practitioners just sharing space, but PSYCHē therapists work together as a true team. We actually like each other! We talk outside of work, go on vacations together, and celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, and new babies as a group. We help one another's patients when one of us is sick or otherwise unavailable. We consult every week for 90 minutes on Mondays and Fridays, daily for 15 minutes #huddletime, and informally any time we aren't in session. You can be confident knowing that if your therapist is out for any reason, there is another PSYCHē provider who can step in to help.
We are willing to lose you to help you.
If we can't make things better, we aren't afraid to let you go or pass on the chance at being your therapist. As much as we want to be of assistance, we know we can't help everyone. Sometimes we just aren't a good fit--we are aware we aren't everyone's cup of tea! There are times when we disagree with clients on what kind and how much therapy to do, we disagree about outpatient versus inpatient, and sometimes, people just don't like our style. But because we don't believe "some therapy is better than none," we won't compromise our recommendations just to get you in the door or to keep you from week to week.
Our therapists thrive on getting people better. It's not just a job--we take it personally. This is how we choose to spend our time away from our families, so we are selective in our decisions to take on someone new. We want commitment because we are committed and we would rather not take someone at all than to see treatment fail when they need it most.
We do what works
Just because some Ph.D.'s did a study on it (and it "should" work) doesn't mean it actually will work. We get it. Using a recipe is great, but when things don't look right, a Master Chef improvises instead of robotically going to the next step. We aren't so hung up on our usual way of doing things that we ignore the obvious. We compromise. And we refer if needed--ego aside.
On that note, we aren't afraid of going the extra mile. We've met clients at schools, at their homes, in parking lots, and at the gym. We've called a person daily if it seemed to be the right thing to do and we have brought someone yoga pants to the hospital when she couldn't do it for herself. We aspire to meet a higher level of ethical responsibility than any state board or professional organization. We know we have to sleep with ourselves at night.