I feel like I already know what my problems are. How could therapy help me?

Knowing what your problems are is important, but it can be helpful to know if these problems are a pattern that marks your life. You may know your problems, but feel “stuck” about how to cope them, or you may struggle to make risky and painful decisions about change. These are things a therapist can help you with. I am fond of saying that therapists don’t know how to live life better than other people, but they do have certain skills to listen, to clarify, and to make things more comfortable to talk about and act on Because a therapist is not a friend or family member, their ability to “unpack” life’s baggage is unique. Nobody leaves my office for the last time “problem free”, since life doesn’t work that way. But people enter therapy feeling troubled and leave therapy with a clarity and sense of power they are grateful for.