Frequently Asked Questions

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What can I expect from therapy?

Psychotherapy is a collaborative process between you and your therapist.  The process can vary based on you, your particular situation and the therapist you work with.  Sessions are usually 45 minutes.  Most clients are seen once or twice a week in the beginning and as time goes on less frequently.  The number of sessions depends on what your current needs are.  Your first few sessions will involve an evaluation of your situation and needs.  Together you and your therapist will develop a plan and goals that works for you.

Our approach to psychotherapy includes:

  • Helping clients increase their awareness and understanding of issues related to their problems or concerns;
  • Exploring options with clients that will help them improve their lives; and
  • Empowering clients to make lasting improvements by building upon their strengths and by learning and implementing helpful strategies.

Is therapy right for me?  

Seeking out therapy is an individual choice. There are many reasons why people come to therapy.  Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing psychological issues, or problems with anxiety or depression.  Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in one’s life such as a divorce or work transition.  Many seek therapy as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth.  The therapeutic process can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges.  Therapy can help address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management, body-image issues, and general life transitions. Therapy is right for anyone who is interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness, and working towards change in their lives.

What are the possible benefits and risks of therapy?

Therapy can be very beneficial, but there are some risks.  There is a risk clients will have for a time uncomfortable levels of sadness, guilt, anxiety, anger, frustration, loneliness, helplessness, or other negative feelings as unpleasant memories are recalled.  These feelings or memories may affect a client’s daily activities.  Occasionally, a client’s problem may temporarily worsen after the beginning of treatment.  These risks are expected when people are making any important changes in their lives.  Finally, even with our best efforts, there is a risk that therapy will not benefit every client.

In light of possible risks, the benefits of therapy have been well documented by researchers.  People who are depressed may find their mood lifting.  Others may no longer feel afraid, angry, or anxious.  Others may find more satisfaction in social and family relationships and coping skills may improve.  A client may discover clarity in their personal goals and values as he/she grows personally, emotionally, spiritualty, and the ability to enjoy life.

In therapy, people have a chance to explore and confront issues that impair their quality of life and self-identity by talking things out until their feelings are relieved or progress is made.  It is however, important to know that no promises can be made about the results of treatment or the number of sessions necessary for therapy to be effective.

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Contact Dr. Bland at 773-404-8161
Office location | 856 West Buena Avenue | Chicago, IL 60613 (map)
Centrally located in the Lakeview  neighborhood (60657)
between Lincoln Park (60614) and Andersonville (60640)
Accessible by bus | Red Line | or street parking is available