Seth Bernstein, Ph.D.
Change can be exciting as well as scary, but change cannot happen until we are ready to make changes — changes to how we think, how we relate to others, and how we behave. Individuals and couples have been making changes in their lives and relationships long before psychotherapy was invented. We have the capacity to change within ourselves. However, sometimes we get stuck. Sometimes we lack skills that could help us make changes sooner rather than later. Sometimes we have patterns of thought, action, and relating to others that are self-destructive and unconscious.
Psychotherapy is a process that can help. It is designed to facilitate change. It helps people and couples get unstuck. The type of psychotherapy I provide is time-limited and designed to address each individual’s or couples' goals, as well as their readiness to change. This approach is supported by research. It is a good fit for some people and certain types of problems, but not for everyone nor all types of problems. I have structured and priced my services in modular packages that are designed specifically to support my method of counseling.
Research shows that treatment gains are maximized for most people in 8-12 sessions.
Treatment success springs from remembering and building on clients' capabilities and accomplishments.
To be successful, psychotherapy requires a compass, a way of objectively knowing on an ongoing basis whether or not progress is being made.
Specific, realistic, and collaboratively developed goals keep treatment on target and productive.