I'm new to therapy... what should I expect?
Psychotherapy has been proven to have many benefits in the form of improved interpersonal relationships, reduction and/or elimination of unwanted thoughts, improvement in problem-solving abilities and conflict resolution, and increasing emotional stability (Anthony & Farkas, 2012). In order to achieve these results, a client must roll up his/her sleeves and get to work! Anticipate feeling more discomfort earlier on in the treatment process due to the exposure and discussion of problematic areas of one's life. Stick with the process and allow my support to help you through the more challenging steps.
What theoretical orientation is selected and how is it applied to the work?
We implement Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques (CBT) to address symptoms such as depression and anxiety given CBTs efficacy rate (NIMH, 2015). The concept is simple: reframe thoughts to produce healthier feelings and more constructive behaviors. We also utilize Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to address mood dysregulation, emotional instability, strained interpersonal relationships, and poor impulse control. A workbook format is applied when implementing DBT. Solution Focused Therapy, Psychodynamic Theory, and Narrative Theory are also part of our repertoire.
Will I be in therapy forever?!
Our intent is to target your identified problem areas and create measurable goals and objectives for you to meet in a timely manner. We do not seek to work with clients longer than treatment is necessary. We appreciate that our role is to essentially render ourselves obsolete. For clients with chronic symptoms that require consistent maintenance, longer-term treatment may best serve their condition(s). We will collaborate to determine the best course of action.
What are the differences among the different mental health disciplines?
Mental Health Worker:
What is our professional style?
At The Harbor Psychotherapy, we are accessible outside of session time. We believe a crisis or emergency may be eliminated or minimized when professionals
intervene off-hours, within reason.
During sessions, I (Jennifer Nikou) enjoy using humor as a means of levity as well as connecting with my clients. I am comfortable with necessary confrontation. I challenge clients to consider alternative perspectives. I enjoy educating clients on mental health material. I encourage self-reflection in the interest of improving self-awareness. I encourage you to ask your therapist about his/her professional style.
What is Confidentiality and how does it apply to treatment?
The law protects the confidentiality of clients. No information is disclosed without prior written consent from the client.
There are, however, some exceptions as recognized by the law. Therapists as well as other professionals are considered mandated reporters. Exceptions include:
What if I need medication?
We work closely with an Ardsley-based psychiatrist (also has an office in Manhattan) who can prescribe medication as needed. He accepts Aetna and 1199 insurance and is an out of network provider for all other insurances. We also work with a psychiatrist in the building.