Therapy is the greatest gift an individual can give to themselves. When it is the right type of therapy with the right type of therapist. Psychotherapy was originally called “The Talking Cure” because it is based on assisting clients in gaining support and understanding for challenging issues through talking to a qualified, trained, and educated professional. Therapy is different from talking to a close friend because a therapist is able to be unbiased and to apply theoretical concepts to better understand complex issues and diagnoses.Therapy is a professional relationship and although it is easy, and desirable, to become close with your therapist there are professional boundaries that are maintained which ensure respect and honesty between client and therapist. A good therapy relationship involves discussing difficult issues and confronting uncomfortable realities. Real healing is not possible if you do not have a professional, honest, and genuine relationship.
Therapy can be provided by a marriage and family therapist, a psychologist, a psychological assistant, or a psychiatrist. The difference between these types of therapists are specialty and type of training. The way to find out which type of therapist is best for you is to consider the issues or diagnosis for which you need support and find a few therapists who are familiar with or specialize in treating those issues.If you have health insurance, you can contact your provider and request a list of providers in your network. If you do not have, or do not want to use, insurance you may contact therapists and ask if they offer a cash rate.
Good therapy is honest, genuine talk with a trained therapist who is a good fit for your personality and background. Not every therapist will be a good fit for you. If this is the case, you do not have to continue meeting with that therapist. A bad fit does not mean someone is a bad therapist, just not the right therapist for you. Therapy is a service for which you invest your valuable time and money and you are entitled to benefit from it. It is a good idea to get the names of at least three therapists and calling to interview them. The following questions are important to ask in order to find a good therapist: Are you taking new clients? What is your availability? What insurances do you accept? What are your rates? What are your specialties? Most therapists will ask what your reason is for seeking therapy so that they can decide if they are able to best serve you. You can share a small amount of information in order to make the best decision on whether or not this may be a good therapy relationship.
Dr. Boccanfuso specializes in working with depression, anxiety, concerns related to weight and body image, family and custody situations, healthy lifestyle management, and the life challenges that affect all of us on a regular basis. You do not have to have a specific or serious diagnosis to benefit from therapy. Dr. Boccanfuso believes that life is not always easy and we all deal with challenging issues that must be faced and handled if we want to be successful as human beings. Some of the common, everyday issues that Dr. Boccanfuso believes in supporting are loss, grief, stress, performance anxiety, worry, relationships (whether romantic, friendship, professional working relationships, or family relationships). Everyone can benefit from therapy and seeking therapy does not make a person sick. Unfortunately, there remains a stigma around seeking and receiving therapy or counseling. Dr. Boccanfuso would like to attempt to contradict this myth with the view that it is a very strong person who is able to recognize that they need extra support and take the steps to get that support.Dr. Boccanfuso is looking forward to hearing from you.
We are proud to offer group therapy for those seeking group support. We are affiliated with Fix'd, Inc. A Veteran's Resource Center in Tracy, CA.