Howard Gontovick, Ph.D.
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Our perception of life, ourselves and others can influence how we see and live in the world. As each day presents us with one challenge after another, there are questions, issues and feelings. Sometimes these challenges are perplexing, difficult, painful, even troublesome. We search for answers, solutions, understanding, direction. Sometimes our thoughts are upsetting, depressing, or lead to anxiety. You might feel sad, lonely, anxious, hurt, angry, unloved, depressed, or in pain. Sooner or later you must address this and avoid putting things off.
Although our challenges may sound complex, profound or irresolvable – I believe that for every problem, a solution is attainable, discoverable, yes possible. Building a better life, solving a problem, feeling better or making a decision is possible. Once you realize that you are the "architect" of your life – you have begun to address that which troubles you. That is, you have taken the first step toward bringing about real change. It may seem easy to say and sometimes difficult, yet persistence, dedication, and hard work will lead to a realization that can bring you closer to a whole new way of living.
As you move along the path of change, you will begin to realize the strength you actually have within. You will begin to feel better, happier, stronger, as you will discover qualities that are within you and also without you. You have the ability to master the skills and direction toward becoming the person you can be. That is, someone who can achieve a sense of readiness to confront the challenges of life and free yourself from that which is blocking, stopping or discouraging you.
As your psychotherapist, all my efforts will be is to guide you through this journey of self discovery. I will be present, supportive, empathetic, compassionate, mindful, caring, understanding.... as you realize your choices, who you are and what you can become. Through our work, you will realize a sense of movement, empowerment, mindfulness..... as you make "big steps" toward a whole new reality.
Together we strive toward a sense of realization that life can be different, and you can actually become more of what you would like it to be. I encourage you to confront that which is troubling, blocking and contributing to your unhappiness or sense of dissatisfaction. Let's confront these challenge(s) as you dedicate yourself toward building a world where you can become the person you can actually be.
Over the years, I have come to understand that each of us builds / creates the world we live in. This may have been a long and complex journey from our early years and family influences, to the places, situations and people we have encountered. Nothing is written in stone or frozen in time - making changes, evolving, growing, maturing is what we do as human beings. I see the art of psychotherapy as an opportunity to discover who we are and what we can actually become. This is a journey that begins and continues even after therapy. That is, this is a opportunity to realize that which is deeper within us and serves to gradually transforms who we are toward what we can be. As such, psychotherapy begins what is a natural human activity. Whether you begin with specific issues, problems, or inner feeling of dissatisfaction, the direction is toward becoming an optimal person. That is someone who discovers their strengths, weakness, desires, needs, abilities, skills, likes, dislikes..... You become mindful of who you are and what you can actually become.