Frequently Asked Questions

How can therapy be helpful to me?

 Therapy can be helpful in helping people find balance between their emotional and reasonable mind states to explore the most effective choices in weaving through various life challenges that can be presented.  Tranisitions, loss, illnesses, relationships, unmet expectations can throw a person out of harmony.  By sharing problems and feelings with a therapist, one can have a more distant perspective to evaluate the best strategies and to overcome obstacles that might iinterfere with one's ability to get the most out of life.  Some of these strategies can involve exploring old messages that might get in the way of tapping into the strengths and resources available.

Is therapy worth the effort and expense?

Therapy can help a person change life long patterns that might interfere opportunities to reach the maximum potential in making life choices and having a satisfying and enjoyable life.  If one can decrease suffering and pain in an effective manner, the benefits can be priceless.  Some of these benefits might include manager anger, decreasing depression, improving relationships, dealing with stress and improving communication and problem solving skills.

Is therapy right for me?

Here are some questions to ask yourself.

Do I have problems making decisions?

Do I feel prepared to deal with my children's developmental progress?

Are there recurring conflicts in my family?

Do I have any undesired habits that I haven't been able to control?

Do I have difficuilty relaxing?

Do I have constant worry thoughts?

Do I worry excessively about what others think of me?

Do I have feelings of anxiety that prevent me from being able to relax?

Do I have difficulty completing day-to-day task?

Do I ruminate about disturbing things?

Do I frequently feeling misunderstood by others?

Do I have self destructive behavior or thoughts?

Therapy can be helpful for any of the above mentioned concerns.

Neil Friedman, Santa Barbara Therapist

Neil Friedman, LCSW

I have an eclectic, holistic approach in working with people. I believe in helping people recognize and utilize their strengths to overcome any challenge they might face. In this process, we can explore any unconscious blocks that might be interfering with connecting with others and their environment to make the most of each moment. I believe that the “here and now” is where we experience life to the fullest. Along these lines, I try to help people find the balance between their emotional and reasonable minds to effectively problem solve issues to be addressed.

Please call or email me for an individual, couples or family therapy consultation today.

Neil Friedman, LCSW
629 State St #104
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
(805) 319-0304 
[email protected]
Santa Barbara CAMFT Member

Santa Barbara Therapy

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