Engaging in therapy is a deeply personal and sometimes difficult decision. Before starting treatment, you should be aware of some of the risks and benefits therein. In terms of risks, you may experience uncomfortable levels of negative emotions such as sadness, guilt, frustration, and anxiety due to the discussion of distressing material or events. Furthermore, there is no guarantee that you will feel better after a course of therapy. It is also important to be aware of the potential benefits of therapy. You should know that the benefits of therapy have been documented by scientists in hundreds of well-designed research studies. For instance, people who are depressed may find their mood lifting. Others may no longer feel afraid, angry, or anxious. Relationships, coping skills, and overall quality of life may improve greatly. Personal goals and values may become clearer, and social and family involvement may become more rewarding. Assertiveness and self-esteem may also improve. We tailor our treatment approach to each person’s individual needs.
Victoria Weaver is the primary therapist and owner of Pathfinder Counseling and Consulting, LLC. Victoria is trained in serval therapeutic modalities including CBT and EMDR. She has extensive experience working with various poulations, especially seniors and military families. Victoria graduated from Arizona State University with a Master’s Degree in Social Work. She is licensed in Arizona as a Clinical Social Worker. Victoria has experience working in different settings with a variety of issues, including substance abuse, trauma, anxiety, and mood disorders.