Psychotherapy is not easily described in general statements and it varies depending on the personality of both the therapist and the patient on the one hand, and the particular problems or concernsthat the patient brings on the other. Psychotherapy can help you discover tools and techniques that can be utilized to improve the quality of your life and your relationships. Psychotherapy often involves change and initially that may feel threatening not only to you, but also to those people close to you. The prospect of giving up old habits, no matter how destructive or painful, can often make you feel quite vulnerable. The good news is that psychotherapy usually leads to better relationships, solutions to specific problems, and significant reductions in feelings of distress. Finally, as psychotherapy involves a substantial commitment of time, money, and energy, and can influence your life in very significant ways, it is truly critical to choose your therapist carefully as you want to feel comfortable and trusting of this person with whom you hopefully will share your private self. Your initial psychotherapy sessions are an opportunity for me to get to know you and to learn about what brings you in to see me. During these first sessions, you should be thinking about whether you feel comfortable working with me and if you do decide to work with me, we will think about possible goals and a treatment plan. And it is during this period that you will be thinking about whether you feel comfortable working with me. If you decide to work with me, we then proceed to figure out possible goals and a suitable treatment plan.