Dr. Lawrence Allison

Dr. Lawrence AllisonIs Psychotherapy Right For Me?

Sometimes talking about personal problems with a friend, spouse, or other family member is sufficient to gain support and insight. However, if emotional discomfort or distress persists, or interpersonal conflicts occur repeatedly, then a licensed psychologist can provide needed help and guidance. An experienced and caring psychologist offers objective insight and scientifically validated strategies for solving personal problems.

If you feel generally unhappy, anxious, angry, confused, shameful, powerless or stressed, or if you are continuing to repeat behaviors that are harmful to yourself or others, it may be time to seek professional help.

You do not need to present with "clinical" or "abnormal" symptoms to benefit from therapy. Career issues, desire for personal and psychological growth, communication misunderstandings at home or work, parenting challenges, marital problems, poor health habits such as overeating and smoking, and issues related to sexuality and intimacy - these and many other concerns are effectively dealt with in therapy.

How Do I Choose the Right Therapist?

Selecting the “right” psychotherapist is very important. You may want to meet with two or three licensed mental health professionals for an initial consult to determine the best fit for you. Or perhaps, at least, interview candidates on the phone. Some important characteristics and qualifications to consider include

  • Current and valid license (check www.psychboard.ca.gov/)
  • Length and breadth of professional experience
  • Psychotherapeutic orientation (There are many psychotherapeutic approaches. A seasoned professional should be able to describe his or her approach succinctly.)
  • Personal attributes (compassionate, non-judgmental, trustworthy, supportive, respectful, knowledgeable, ethical and wise)

CLICK HERE to read the Orange County Psychological Association's article, Why a Clinical Psychologist Is Your Best Choice For Counseling And Psychotherapy.

If you have any questions about the appropriateness of psychotherapy, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Allison at 949-715-1351 or send email to dr.allison@cox.net.