David E. Loftis, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

About Psychotherapy

Finding a therapist can be a daunting experience, especially so since we are usually looking for one when we are experiencing considerable stress and distress in our lives.

Psychotherapy is a method of 'treating' or 'healing' one's psychological distress using one or several different educational, supportive and problem-solving techniques.  Generally, psychotherapy involves you, the client, talking to the therapist about your concerns, issues, desires and goals.  Together you explore possible beliefs, early learnings and behaviors that may be keeping you from achieving your goals.  You then use any of several approaches to making the changes that allow you to get what you may want in your life.

It is difficult for most of us to sit with a stranger and reveal some of our more personal information.  If you now find yourself here searching for someone that seems to fit your needs, I will attempt to give you an idea of who I am and how I work as a therapist.  Should it seem to you that I might be an appropriate person to work with you on your particular issues, I will be happy to discuss this further in a telephone conversation.  Generally, I find that a phone contact will give both of us an idea of whether or not I am a good match for you. However, I do not ask either you or myself to commit to working together until we have a face to face consultation.

My training in psychotherapy is widely diverse including psychoanalytic, experiential, cognitive behavioral, gestalt, transactional analysis and exposure to numerous other theories and practices. Thus, it is difficult to describe the 'one form of therapy that I do'.  I would have to say that I am eclectic in my approach.  That means that my approach may vary greatly depending on your needs if you should become my client. 

In practical terms, I try to fully understand the goals of each person with whom I work and join him or her in exploring his or her blocks to achieving these goals.  I attempt to maintain an attitude of curiosity and I teach and encourage this same attitude with my clients. I believe it leads to a deeper understanding of oneself and a much increased control of one’s destiny.