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Eugene Roginsky, psychoterapist


frequently asked questions

  • What is psychotherapy, and how does it differ from counseling?
    Psychotherapy and counseling are both forms of therapeutic interventions aimed at improving an individual's mental health and well-being, but they differ in several key aspects, including their focus, duration, and depth of intervention. Psychotherapy: Focus: Psychotherapy is a more comprehensive and in-depth form of treatment that addresses deep-seated psychological issues, traumas, and complex mental health conditions. It delves into the roots of emotional and behavioral patterns, aiming for profound understanding and lasting change. Duration: Psychotherapy tends to be longer-term, often spanning several months or even years, depending on the severity of the individual's issues and their progress in therapy. It involves regular sessions, usually weekly. Therapist's Role: Psychotherapists, who may be psychologists, psychiatrists, or licensed clinical social workers, have extensive training in various therapeutic modalities and techniques. They employ a range of approaches, such as psychodynamic therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), or humanistic therapy, tailored to the specific needs of the client. Scope of Practice: Psychotherapy is typically utilized for individuals with diagnosed mental health disorders, such as depression, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, or schizophrenia. It may also involve working through past traumas, unresolved conflicts, or existential concerns. Counseling: Focus: Counseling tends to focus on specific issues or life transitions, such as relationship problems, grief, career changes, or stress management. It aims to provide support, guidance, and practical solutions to help individuals cope with their current challenges. Duration: Counseling is often shorter-term and more solution-focused, ranging from a few sessions to several months. It is geared towards addressing immediate concerns and facilitating positive changes in behavior or thought patterns. Therapist's Role: Counselors, who may have backgrounds in psychology, social work, or counseling, are trained to provide guidance, empathy, and practical advice to their clients. They may utilize techniques such as active listening, problem-solving strategies, and psychoeducation to help clients overcome specific difficulties. Scope of Practice: Counseling is suitable for individuals dealing with everyday stressors, relationship issues, career dilemmas, or adjustment disorders. It can also be beneficial for those seeking personal growth, self-exploration, or support during transitional phases of life. In summary, while both psychotherapy and counseling aim to improve mental well-being, psychotherapy offers deeper exploration and long-term intervention for complex psychological issues, whereas counseling provides more immediate support and practical guidance for specific challenges or life transitions. The choice between psychotherapy and counseling often depends on the individual's needs, preferences, and the nature of their presenting concerns.
  • How does psychotherapy help with mental health conditions?
    Psychotherapy helps individuals with mental health conditions by providing a supportive environment to explore and understand their symptoms, develop coping strategies, and make positive changes in their lives. It can be used alone or in conjunction with medication, depending on the individual's needs.
  • What are the different approaches to psychotherapy?
    There are numerous approaches to psychotherapy, each based on different theories and techniques. Some common approaches include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which focuses on changing negative thought patterns and behaviors; psychodynamic therapy, which explores unconscious conflicts and childhood experiences; and humanistic therapy, which emphasizes self-exploration, personal growth, and authenticity.
  • How do I know which type of psychotherapy is right for me?
    The most effective type of psychotherapy for you will depend on your individual needs, preferences, and the nature of your concerns. Our therapists conduct an initial assessment to gather information about your symptoms, goals, and preferences, and then collaborate with you to determine the most appropriate approach to therapy.
  • Is psychotherapy suitable for children and adolescents?
    Yes, psychotherapy can be beneficial for children and adolescents experiencing behavioral, emotional, or developmental challenges. Our therapists use specialized techniques tailored to the unique needs of young clients to help them overcome difficulties, build resilience, and thrive.
  • How long does psychotherapy take to show results?
    The timeframe for experiencing results from psychotherapy varies depending on factors such as the severity of the issues, the individual's motivation and commitment to therapy, and the therapeutic approach used. Some people may notice improvements early on, while others may require longer-term treatment to achieve lasting change.
  • Can I stop psychotherapy once I start feeling better?
    Deciding when to end psychotherapy is a collaborative process between you and your therapist. While feeling better is a positive sign of progress, it's important to address underlying issues and develop strategies to maintain your well-being in the long term. Your therapist will work with you to determine the appropriate timing for ending therapy based on your goals and progress.
  • What if I've tried psychotherapy before and it didn't work for me?
    If you've had a negative experience with psychotherapy in the past, it's essential to communicate your concerns openly with your current therapist. Together, you can explore what didn't work previously and identify alternative approaches or strategies that may be more effective for you. Finding the right therapist and therapeutic approach is key to achieving success in therapy.
  • Is effective for treating severe mental illnesses?
    Yes, psychotherapy can be effective for treating severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and severe depression, especially when used in conjunction with medication and other treatment approaches. Our therapists have experience working with individuals with various mental health conditions and collaborate closely with other healthcare providers to ensure comprehensive care.
  • How do I know if I'm ready for psychotherapy?
    If you're experiencing distressing symptoms, struggling with life challenges, or seeking personal growth, you may be ready for psychotherapy. It's normal to feel apprehensive about starting therapy, but taking the first step toward seeking help is a positive sign of readiness. Our therapists are here to support you throughout your therapeutic journey, starting whenever you feel ready to begin.
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