The process of therapy in my opinion can best be described as twofold: problem identification and problem solving. Before coming to see me, clients may have tried a myriad of non professional remedies to feel better such as exercise, self-help books and talking with sympathetic friends and family. Although these remedies often provide short term relief for depression and anxiety, in the long run they frequently fail and may lead to a sense of shame and self-blame. Failure to improve then becomes discouraging leading people to believe there is no getting better. Coming in for therapy provides a caring, safe place for clients to reexamine themselves and their relationships. The therapeutic environment offers a non-judgmental and open arena for people to explore their thoughts and feelings. This secure setting offers a new and different way to deal and cope with difficult issues. By learning to rethink and reframe issues, clients will be able to move forward in their lives and relationships.