Heather McMullen

Child, adult & family therapist

Why Therapy?

Psychotherapy is a process in which the therapist and client discuss a myriad of issues, events, experiences and memories for the purpose of creating positive change so the client can experience his/her life more fully. It provides an opportunity to better, and more deeply understand oneself, as well as, any problems or difficulties the client may be experiencing. Psychotherapy is a joint effort between the client and therapist.
 Participating in therapy may result in a number of benefits to the client, including, but not limited to, reduced stress and anxiety, a decrease in negative thoughts and self-sabotaging behaviors, improved interpersonal relationships, increased comfort in social, work, and family settings, increased capacity for intimacy, and increased self-confidence. Such benefits may also require substantial effort on the part of the client, including an active participation in the therapeutic process, therapy homework assignments, honesty, and a willingness to change feelings, thoughts and behaviors. 

‚ÄčThere is no guarantee that therapy will yield any or all of the benefits listed above. 
What to Expect...

Participating in therapy may also involve some discomfort, including remembering and discussing unpleasant events, feelings and experiences. The process may evoke strong feelings of sadness, anger, fear, etc. There may be times in which the therapist will challenge perceptions and assumptions, and offer different perspectives. The issues presented by the client may result in unintended outcomes, including changes in personal relationships. The client should be aware that any decision on the status of his/her personal relationships is the responsibility of the client. During the therapeutic process, many people find that they feel worse before they feel better. This is generally a normal course of events. Personal growth and change may be easy and swift at times, but may also be slow and frustrating. A client should address any concerns he/she has regarding his/her progress in therapy with the therapist. 
Duration and Frequency

Therapy generally occurs once a week or every other week, although needs and capabilities vary with each client. Sometimes people can get better in just a few sessions, although for many it could be closer to 12-30 sessions.  Length of treatment and progress vary depending on several factors, such as the nature and depth of the problem, willingness to participate in the therapeutic process, and a person's support system & spiritual beliefs.