Dr. Seropian has been in therapy before, more than once. It changed her life and can change yours too (or that of your child). Dr. Seropian entered the field in order to share with others the life-changing power of being in therapy, learning about oneself, and making decisions to change one's way of interacting with the world. She wants to share what she has learned with you and considers it a joy to do so. She also considers it a privilege and honor to be a part of the change process for others. Sometimes when it seems someone isn't sure they are ready for that change, the doctor is fond of saying, "If not you, who? If not here, where? If not now, when?"
People commonly ask about seeing a psychologist versus a counselor or social worker. What sets doctoral psychologists apart is the breadth and depth of their training. Their training is comprised of five years of graduate school following four years of college. Counselors' training (those with an M.S. in Counseling) comes originally from the traditions and models of education and usually takes two years of graduate work. The counseling approach is more closely related to teaching including providing information, counsel and advice. Social workers' training (those with an M.S.W. degree) comes originally from the traditions of community social work and community relationship building, and is usually two to three years of graduate work. Many social workers have strong therapy skills and excellent advocacy skills, but their training is not as broad and deep when it comes to formal assessment (identification of psychological problems). The doctoral clinical psychologist's training comes from the disciplined social science of psychology. It strives to use the scientific method of medical science, of academic research, and of well-founded scientific models of human behavior. Clinical Psychologists excel in the treatment not only in the common and transient problems of living that counselors and social workers commonly work with, but also in the more complex and nuanced problems of thought, emotion and behavior. They are particularly skilled in the areas of assessment, diagnosis, treatment planning, and providing treatment when the problems are more complex, difficulty, disruptive or persistent than people are able to manage on their own.
Even if you do not consider your problem to be very complex, the deep and broad training of a doctoral Clinical Psychologist will be very effective in helping you identify the nature of your problem(s) and find solutions.
This approach goes beyond teaching, advising, information providing, or advocacy, (although all of these might be used at different points), to help you discover, express and determine what it is that you need and want. The approach is fun in that it is expressive and exploratory. Yet, it also checked by the discipline of the field of psychology, and therefore remains closely tied to the scientific method and to techniques that have been proven by science to be effective.
The most important part of the training for any accomplished psychotherapist is to have been in one's own therapy and to have made significant improvement in those areas of woundedness, distortion and conflict that have been impediments in the therapist's life. No matter how good the graduate program, book-learning, clinical training and years of experience, without this piece, no psychotherapist is fully prepared to help others. All of his or her un-analyzed blockages become your blockages too.
Dr. Seropian has worked in her own personal therapy, more than once, both individually and in group therapy, and continues to go into therapy at regular junctures in her life. She encourages you to inquire about it with her and with any other therapist you are considering seeing. Your provider should be happy to share with you the importance of this part of their training and preparation to work with you, and perhaps share a couple of things they gained from their own therapy work. If they aren't, or if they bristle at such questions, let that be food for thought for you in your decision.
Dr. Seropian’s mission is to provide you, your child and/or your family with the highest quality service in order to help you achieve your goals in therapy and in life. Dr. Seropian will work with you in a way that builds on your strengths and potential, and challenges you to take your life to the next level. She believes the most productive therapy environment is one of mutual trust, respect, and collaboration. Her approach is down to earth and direct, yet compassionate and caring. Dr. Seropian strives for excellence in her professional work and integrity in her personal life. Her treatment approaches are based on sound scientific models of human behavior and established methods of psychotherapy. If there is something you don't like about how the doctor is working with you, she wants to hear about it so she can grow as a therapist and so that you can get more of what you need in your treatment. It's your life and your treatment!
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