Adrien Survol Rivin, Psy.D., LCSW
Find the hope and the freedom to be yourself, to change and to grow.

About Therapy

The ultimate test of a relationship is to disagree
but to hold hands
(Alexander Perry)
Therapy involves a partnership between client and therapist. Being understood and seen by another person is vital to our survival and our sense of well-being. This experience of connection is an important part of therapy, as it allows us to look with “two pairs of eyes” at those deeply held beliefs and emotions that are out of awareness or that we can’t express. Therapy offers a safe place to explore and make sense of the struggles and problems that prevent you from getting what you want and need in your life. Therapy provides the tools and strategies to help you achieve your goals.

The process of therapy increases our capacity for seeing and changing those patterns that cause personal distress and disruptions in relationships. We learn to recognize our “triggers” and sensitivities and those of our partners. Working closely with a therapist provides a way to develop resilience, vitality, self-worth, and growth. You can make more conscious, thoughtful decisions and choices. You will feel a greater sense of control over your life and greater ease and pleasure in relationships.

Therapy can also be of great assistance when dealing with medical and physical problems. Living with illness and disabilities is taxing on our emotions. Our bodies and our feelings often become inseparable and mutually influence each other. Often people are unaware of the experiences of a person who is ill. This is a crucial and unaddressed area that affects many aspects of our lives and our feelings about ourselves and others.
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