Psychotherapy & Counseling Blog
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Brett Richards

By Brett Richards, M.A., MFT
Psychotherapist & Counselor
Encino, CA

Have you ever found yourself wondering, “How can psychotherapy and counseling help me?“

As a professional psychotherapist and counselor in private practice for many years, I have been asked this question at times by prospective counseling and psychotherapy clients. And, the answer is that professional psychotherapy and counseling with a skilled and caring psychotherapist has great potential to be helpful to you in many ways!

If we work together in psychotherapy and counseling with me as your psychotherapist, then our initial step would be that you would share with me the different parts of your life and yourself that you would like help with, whether it is anxiety, depression, marriage, relationships, family, fears, stress, phobias, life transitions, self-confidence, self-esteem, career/work, loss/grief, or any other problems or issues.

As your psychotherapist and counselor, I will then figure out the psychotherapeutic course of action which would be most effective and rewarding for you and I to pursue together as collaborative partners in your counseling and psychotherapy process.

For example, as therapist and client, would we work together in psychotherapy and counseling toward helping you gain helpful tools, strategies, and skills for living your life increasingly well, as a means of helping you resolve your problems and issues?

Would we focus psychotherapy and counseling on helping you discover a clear understanding of the ways in which your personal history has influenced and shaped your internal psychological processes, your external behavior, and your life overall up to this point?

Would I, as your psychotherapist and counselor, deeply empathize with you, understand you, and help you toward exploring and processing your current feelings, thoughts, and behavior, so that through psychotherapy and counseling, you gain valuable insight into the different aspects of your life, including gaining increasingly clear self-awareness and self-understanding?

The answer is that if you participate in psychotherapy and counseling with me as your psychotherapist and counselor, we will have many options for how we can customize therapy to your specific wants, needs, and goals, including those listed above, and more, all aimed at helping you achieve your psychotherapy and counseling goals, and in this process, helping you be able to live a happier, more satisfying life.

As I mention in my psychotherapy and counseling website (, if you have any questions regarding psychotherapy and counseling, or regarding me as a psychotherapist and counselor, or if you live in Encino, Studio City, Sherman Oaks, Woodland Hills, Tarzana, or surrounding San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles communities, and would like to schedule an appointment in my Encino psychotherapy office for psychotherapy and counseling with or without the use of optional Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy, then I would be very happy to answer your questions and to get started with a CONFIDENTIAL INITIAL CONSULTATION AT NO CHARGE, with absolutely no obligation.