Possibly the shortest answer might be: if your life is not
working for you, if you are not feeling fulfilled and able to
function at your highest level, if anxiety or depression feels
too familiar - then therapy could be helpful for you.
Therapy is a process-and while it does not occur overnight,
it can be the most rewarding journey of oneís life. We live in
an anxiety-producing society, and many times we forget
that part of our purpose is a path of self actualization-or
finding and being our best self. Possibly what we do with our
life is our gift to ourselves and to others.
Pat Drerup-Cotterís specialization for almost fifteen years is
the treatment of anxiety disorders, inclusive of panic attacks,
social phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, acute stress disorder, and generalized anxieties. Secondary issues are correlated with these anxieties-such as eating disorders, anger issues, relationship and growth issues, stress management, and self empowerment/esteem issues. Pat also works extensively with mood disorders, inclusive of bipolar disorder. She also works with Axis 11 disorders, such as personality disorders and borderline personality disorder.
Therapy is work. While there is no exact time to allow for this process, the good news is that anxiety can be reduced and managed through work in therapy and consistent use and practice of tools. The standard of care is generally once a week, and many times the patient begins to experience changes within eight to twelve weeks. Some disorders require medications as well as a combination of therapies; many anxiety issues can be helped without medication.
Pat works with individual adults and couples and she uses a variety of modalities, suited to the particular issue and resulting behaviors. Treatment modalities include cognitive and cognitive behavioral therapies, exposure therapy and exposure response prevention (ERP), psychodynamic, humanistic, systematic desensitization, dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), Imago therapy, and mindfulness based therapies. Her observation is that partnering with the client in a safe emotional environment encourages growth and allows the courage to change faulty patterns. Her patients describe her as nurturing, challenging, and validating.
How do I know if I have the Ďrightí therapist?
Great question! Data shows that the number one indicator of success in therapy is being connected with a therapist who is a good fit for the person. Certainly, it is uncomfortable and even frightening to come face to face with a stranger and share your most personal and deepest fears. You should expect to have a short phone conversation initially with your new therapist during which you have the opportunity to ask questions about the therapistís type of work, treatments used, background and education.
Fee schedules are also discussed so that you will have an idea for budgeting your therapy. Your therapist will, in turn, have a chance to get a feeling of what your goals are for therapy. There is paperwork that you will complete before your first session that will be helpful to your therapist as well. Many therapists are listed with professional organizations that are accessible to you via internet, and state licensing boards can also provide you with some information.