What can you expect in talk therapy?

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by Dr. Raymond Zakhari

Are you man enough for this type of therapy?

Effective therapy is not about the therapist providing you the answers to your questions, but rather being asked the right questions.   In therapy you will be invited to expand your perspective.  In our sessions you will not be told what you ought to do, because even if you agree with me there is something appealing to doing the exact opposite. 

Some question you may be asked (or you can ask yourself) in the therapeutic setting may include:

  • Does your preconceived notion or idea applying in all contexts, and if not, why not?
  • What is possible?
  • What evidence do you have for your preconceived notion or idea?
  • Is your assessment of your situation fair?

Some philosophical questions to consider once you are beyond an immediate crisis:

  • Have you longed for a deeper and fuller life?
  • Have you grown weary of frothy experiences and shallow platitudes?
  • Do you suspect and wonder about something greater than yourself?
  • Are you ready to discover your purpose in life? 

If you answer yes to the following question then you are ready, and if you answer no that perhaps this is not the time.

Do you feel a stirring sense of desire inside of you when you hear the following words?

  • Confession 
  • Contemplation
  • Fellowship
  • Gratitude
  • Self-examination
  • Silence
  • Simplicity
  • Solitude
  • Stewardship
  • Submission and obedience

Are you nagged by a restless feeling that there must be more to your life than the day-to-day existence?

“The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people. “  Richard Foster of Fuller Theological Seminary