About Therapy

Most people can benefit from psychotherapy at some time in their lives. In general, people who seek therapy are not mentally ill, but are dealing with problems that affect how they feel and how they feel about themselves. Psychotherapy is an intimate relationship between a client and psychotherapist, which is characterized by one single rule: the relationship primarily serves the client’s needs and facilitates his or her emotional well-being and personal growth. The therapist’s role is to help guide a client to their own solutions, break ineffective patterns, and help resolve deeper issues in a safe and supportive environment.

Common reasons why you might consult a therapist include:

  • You feel like you lack the support you need in your life, and/or you are tired of burdening your friends with your problems.
  • You feel overwhelmed with depression and anxiety and want relief.
  • You are stuck in a rut and don’t see a way out.
  • You feel you might have a problem with drugs or alcohol, or want to stop but haven’t been able to stop.
  • You have a problem with gambling and want to stop.
  • You feel like your life is out of control.
  • You are in a relationship with or have a family member who is an addict or compulsive gambler and need help setting healthy boundaries.
  • You are unhappy in your relationship or marriage, or you are having trouble setting boundaries.You and your partner are having trouble communicating, and you want to come in for couples counseling.
  • You are having trouble coping with a recent or past loss, and need support and tools to move forward.
  • You have a problem that is causing you distress, or is interfering with your relationships or employment.
  • You are having problems accepting your sexuality or gender identity.
  • These are just a few of the reasons people seek out psychotherapy. When trust develops, disclosure to a trained professional allows you to know and accept yourself in a meaningful way.

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Michael Halyard, LPCC, LMFT

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor & Marriage and Family Therapist

Psychotherapy & Referrals

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533-A Castro Street
San Francisco, CA 94114

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(415) 642-4662