When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change. – Wayne Dyer
Frequently Asked Questions
by Michael G. Mruz, LCSW, ACSW, MSW – Westchester Psychotherapist
As a Westchester psychotherapist, I am frequently asked about therapy in general and my therapeutic practice in particular.
If you have a question that is not answered below, I invite you to browse this website. If your question is still not answered, please contact me.
Please see Treatment Philosophy & Approach, Treatment Specialties, and Mindfulness-Based Programs for more information, or browse this website.
It is not uncommon to feel uncomfortable in your first session, and if you do, we will work together to ease your discomfort and create an environment where you feel safe to talk about your concerns and where we will build a trusting relationship.
- Finding resolution to the issues and concerns that lead you to seek therapy.
- Improving your self-esteem and confidence.
- Gaining a better understanding of your self and clarifying your personal values.
- Defining your goals in various areas of life, and discovering how to achieve those goals more effectively.
- Developing skills, including communication and listening skills, to help improve your relationships.
- Getting “unstuck” from unhealthy patterns of thinking, as well as ending old unhealthy behaviors and developing new healthy ones.
- Discovering new ways to solve problems.
In the 21st Century, Mindfulness is a type of cognitive awareness training and therapy, and the positive psychological and physical effects of Mindfulness therapy and techniques are well documented by scientists. In combination with what we therapists call “third-generation cognitive/behavioral therapy” and “acceptance based therapies,” these Mindfulness techniques are powerfully restorative and create tremendous psychological awareness in clients.
For more information on Mindfulness and on the Mindfulness-Based Programs I offer, please see Mindfulness-Based Programs. You will also find a list of other sources for learning about Mindfulness in Media & Resources.
The short answer is, “Yes.” These Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Programs are highly effective at lessening stress in the lives of individuals. This effectiveness is predicated on how diligent an individual is at following the program guidelines and in bringing these techniques into his or her everyday life. For more information, please see Mindfulness-Based Programs or contact me.