Pittsburgh Psychotherapists* are professionals with a passion for
working with others. Its reflected in our training and our respective
20 to 40 years of listening, supporting and helping people to cope with life
problems. As psychologists, counselors or social workers, there's a good chance one or
more of us is known to people whom you know.
As each of us moves through any stage of our life,
there are difficulties we encounter. Many times, we have no warning about
how troubling these challenges can be, affecting our feelings, behaviors and
Isnít it time to do something if you or someone close
to you is experiencing hurt in any of these ways, i.e.
If you feel:
Do you feel uneasy or panicky about being in certain situations, worry about
what might happen, or often carry around a sense of guilt over something
that has happened? Does shyness keep you from having the kind of
friendships and social life youíd like to have?
Do you carry around a sense that life is futile or overwhelming, like itís
hard to go on, to get out of bed in the morning or to go to sleep at night?
Do people around you seem to be enjoying life when youíre mostly sad? Are
you not feeling like eating and have lost weight? Or, are you feeling like
eating all the time as if it is your only pleasure and now youíre gaining
Can irritability easily erupt into anger over minor
incidents or simple things people do or say? Do your outbursts almost seem
uncontrollable at times, but leave hurt feelings or damage to others about
which you then feel terrible. Are your relationships with significant
others, spouse, children, extended family, and co-workers, suffering. Is
this short temperedness even causing you legal problems.
Post-traumatic-stress: Are you
still suffering through some awful event, the loss of someone close to you,
a permanent injury, a life threatening event(s) as in war, burglary,
accidents, or other threats or assaults on you and your sense of who you
If you behave:
Unproductively/harmfully: Are you
doing things you wish you werenít doing, but canít seem to keep yourself
from doing, such as: Drinking? Using drugs? Smoking? Over or under eating?
Swearing? Taunting or bullying? Or other destructive activities? Do you wish
you had more friends, or were more successful but somehow canít make it
If your thinking leads to:
Do you have recurring thoughts or suspicions or ways of thinking about
people or things which disturb you or other people? Do you think about
harming yourself or others? Do doubts or worries interfere in the way you
go about your life? Do you keep focusing on something that has happened in
your life that complicates some of the above feelings and action issues? Do
images related to break ups, being abused or poorly treated, when young or
now, at home or in a work place, crowd your mind?
If any of these problems are preventing you from having a
happier, easier life, isnít it time to do something about it? Take advantage
of your strengths and find help to build on your resources and to
find new ways to enrich your life?
What is counseling or psychotherapy about?
Meeting with an experienced
psychotherapists to deal with problems is to have an
exceptional relationship which is both professional and intensely
supportive. It is meeting with someone in whom you can confide, who will
listen to your ideas, struggles and missteps and who can help you to gain a
fresh view of your situation and bolster your own, personal strengths. It
is especially important that this person is well experienced, trained and
has strong ethical and professional standards and training. As therapists,
we think of ourselves as being there over the course of a personís life for
when help is needed. It can be short term to deal with lifeís unpredictabilities events, unanticipated risks and hurtful events or longer term to
strengthen a personís awareness of inner resources.