Skills in the Key of Life

Recovery & Life Coaching - Mentor



West Chester PA 19380


If you have any questions related to the therapy services - feel free to find the answers here or contact us for more details.

Here are answers to most common questions. Can't find an answer? Call us!

What can psychotherapy do for me that a self-help book can’t?

Self-help books contain generalizations, based on someone else’s story, or on a combination of stories. While self-help books play an important role in our culture, they don’t offer the flexible, individualized approach that is often needed to bring about lasting life changes. In addition, books do not offer the therapeutic relationship that can encourage us and hold us to a greater level of accountability.

How do I choose the right therapist for me?

Read our therapist’s profiles to determine which person’s approach and specialties feel right for you. If you need additional help in choosing a therapist, feel free to call the clinic, and our Director will assist you.

Most people can tell after an initial session whether they feel comfortable with a therapist’s style. Please feel free to speak up if you do not feel comfortable with the therapist, it will not offend us whatsoever. We want you to feel that you can develop an alliance of trust with your therapist – that is when therapy works best. We want to help you get to the right therapist.

I’ve been dissatisfied with other therapists in the past. What is going to make this experience different with you?

We see many “seasoned” clients at our clinic and are pleased to state that our retention of clients is very high. Many clients comment that they’ve been searching for a clinic like this – a place where they receive competent care and feel deeply connected to their therapist and to the clinic. We strongly believe that we do therapy very well at CPA, and that our expertise is not only a product of our training but the result of spending years listening to what clients really want out of a therapist and a clinic.

What can I expect from my first appointment with a therapist?

Many people feel nervous before their first appointment, wondering what their therapist will ask, or what they should tell their therapist. Your therapist will primarily want to hear the reasons you made the appointment, what you have already done to try and solve the problem, and what you hope to accomplish in therapy. To better understand you, your therapist will likely want to know how things are going in the important parts of your life (relationships, work, school, etc.) as well as information about your background. If you and your therapist decide to continue working together, you will begin developing goals for therapy. If you do not feel comfortable with your therapist for any reason, please say so, and your therapist will be happy to provide you with a referral to another therapist.

Can I expect to feel better right away?

Some people begin to feel better as soon as they make their appointment or at the time of their first session. There can be a sense of relief when you make the commitment to address an issue that is problematic. More often, however, people do not feel better immediately. Therapy is sometimes emotionally painful because it involves an active effort to look at yourself and your life situations in a very deep and honest way and to make some difficult changes. If the problems that bring you to therapy were easy to solve, you would have solved them without the guidance of a professional. Though the short-term distress of addressing problems and making changes may feel challenging, keep in mind that the potential long-term gains can feel well worth it. When therapy is successful, the positive gains in self-esteem, improved relationships and coping skills will far outweigh the distress of making changes.