Individual Therapy

Individual therapy is the main work that I do, and the most common form of therapy. It just means therapy for a single individual as opposed to more than one person such as a couple or family or group.  So you and I would meet alone, with the focus on your needs, issues, and goals.

Sessions usually last for 50 minutes, and typically once or twice a week, though this can vary.  The duration of therapy can be for just a few sessions, for a few months, or ongoing for a longer period.  Much depends on the kinds of problems you’re experiencing and the kind of help you’re looking for.

It might help to spell out how it works logistically, which is very straightforward: I greet you in the waiting room, we then go back to my office and talk for 50 minutes, and then we repeat this experience the following session.

My first goal is to make therapy an emotionally safe space so that you can feel free to talk about whatever is on your mind or weighing you down.  It might help you to know that I’m not a distant or expressionless therapist; I’ll be engaged and interested and relate to you in a friendly way. We discuss the issues you put forth, at the pace you dictate, and I help to deepen or widen the conversation in ways that can help you.

There is no single trajectory in therapy, since everyone is different.  We start by assessing where you are and have been, and then we begin to work on the issues of most concern to you.  As the work continues, new issues may come to the surface.  We are constantly reevaluating where we are in the process of therapy, and there is never any pressure to work on things that you do not wish to work on.  I think of myself as a fellow-traveler along your therapeutic journey, and while I can suggest to you a roadmap for proceeding, you get to decide whether and how far and in which directions to go.





1230 Rosecrans Ave Suite 300
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

geoff.gershenson@gmail.com
(424) 248-7288

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