FAQ   BestLives.com - Christine R. Wylde, MA LMHC - psychotherapist and coach

Frequently Asked Questions

How does psychotherapy work? Psychotherapy is a regularly scheduled and structured conversation that explores your thoughts, feelings, behaviors and experiences. Everything you share is absolutely confidential. The purpose of the conversation is to promote new ways of thinking and behaving so that you may have a more satisfying experience of your life. Sessions are usually scheduled weekly and in some cases every other week. Sessions with Christine can be scheduled for 50 minutes, 60 minutes or 75 minutes.

How long will therapy take? It depends on the issue or issues you wish to address. Some issues can be successfully addressed within a few sessions. Others take longer. Christine's clients usually start to experience some relief, hope, or positive changes within the first 4 to 8 sessions. Sometimes additional treatment options such as the use of medication, exercise, or other structured support may be necessary. Many of Christine's clients feel much better and have their lives back on track within 6 months to a year. Others choose to benefit from regular therapeutic contact on an ongoing basis.

How should I choose a psychotherapist? Here are some guidelines that will help increase the chances of choosing a good psychotherapist. Word of mouth is sometimes a good way. If you feel comfortable ask a few trusted individuals if they know of someone. Once you have some referrals call and ask them if you can talk briefly about your counseling needs. Ask for the following information: 

  • If they have experience successfully treating your issue
  • Their years of professional experience
  • Their philosophy on how to help people
  • Their degree and credentials
  • Their fee

While you are having your phone conversation check in with how you feel. Does the therapist seem interested, experienced, caring, and knowledgeable? If so, set up an appointment. If not move on to interviewing the next referral.

It is recommended by the AMA that you choose a psychotherapist with an advanced degree from an accredited institution, who is licensed to practice in your state, and who is in good standing with at least one professional health organization. Christine R. Wylde, MA LMHC meets all of these requirements.

What is coaching? According to the International Coach Federation professional coaching is an ongoing partnership that helps clients produce fulfilling results in their personal and professional lives. Through the process of coaching, clients deepen their learning, improve their performance, and enhance their quality of life. Coaching accelerates the client's progress by providing greater focus and awareness of choice.

How is coaching different from psychotherapy? Coaching is not psychotherapy. Coaching does not focus on emotional healing or treating cognitive or emotional diagnoses. Coaching cannot effectively treat psychological issues such as depression, and should not be used as a substitute for psychotherapy. Coaching is supportive, structured, and goal oriented help that focuses on clarifying and accomplishing your goals. Personal coaching works on maximizing one's potential and on creating optimal functioning. The difference between personal coaching and psychotherapy is similar to the difference between a personal trainer who focuses on building strength and a physical therapist who focuses on treating an injury. Because of Christine's extensive professional experience and training, she will be able to help you decide whether coaching or psychotherapy will produce the greatest benefit for you at this time.