View all problems as challenges. Look upon negativities that arise as opportunities to learn and grow. Don’t run from them, condemn yourself, or bury your burden in saintly silence. You have a problem? Rejoice, dive in, and investigate.

- Bhante Henepola Gunaratana


Life is complex.  No one is immune to life's challenges. When a problem or a confounding situation occurs, it is human nature to talk to others.  This natural drive helps put situations into proportion and set a course toward action.

Some situations, however, are sensitive.  You may not want to discuss them with your friends or family because they are too private.  Or, you may not want to burden or entangle your friends or family.  At other times, it is plainly more prudent to talk to someone who is trained and has experience in dealing with particular life circumstances or difficulties.  There is a freedom in being able to talk to another person who is not in your daily life and is not attached to or influenced by your decisions or the outcome.

If you are dealing with life's challenges and experiencing emotional turmoil, conflict, or confusion then psychotherapy may be for you. If you are experiencing general dissatisfaction, a change in your usual vibrancy, or have a desire to understand yourself better then psychotherapy may be for you.  Psychotherapy can be a powerful tool to help you feel more confident, clear and content. The psychotherapy process can help you gain a fresh outlook, and an improved interest and energy for life. If you are ready to have someone listen carefully without judgment or reprisal, then psychotherapy may be for you.


In considering psychotherapy as a means for change, it is normal to experience both hope and apprehension. Many people are uncertain about what takes place in therapy and whether or not they will be able to realize change or experience relief.

A skilled psychotherapist will explain what you might expect and help you derive the most benefit from your therapy. They offer guidance on the path toward change while simultaneously supporting your privacy and freedom. Psychotherapy is a co-creative process with your specific needs in mind. Your strengths and inner intelligence will be utilized in combination with the skill, knowledge, and experience of the psychotherapist.

Being in the position of the client will require some degree of disclosure and vulnerability, however, you are ultimately in control of what you disclose and how quickly the therapy moves. Trust is something that is earned and it’s a therapist’s job to earn your trust.

Therapy may be brief with a problem solved quickly. It may also be complex.  It can involve a closer look at your thoughts, behaviors and feelings.  It may address the more hidden, hard to find, origins of your attitude and resultng actions.  From this perspective, psychotherapy can  involve both a time and a financial commitment.  Most peope find that, ultimately, the benefits outweigh the costs.  They find that cultivating skill and clarity through psychotherapy decreases ineffectiveness and inefficiencies, all of which cost in the end. 

Psychotherapy generally consists of face to face meetings with the therapist, except where an actual meeting is not possible; then phone therapy is an option. The first few sessions are used to get to know each other, define the reason for seeking counseling and the hoped for outcomes.

The middle part of the therapy process will explore alternative ways to deal with your particular problem and/or provide a pathway for pursuing your goals. You will begin to have a richer understanding of your thoughts and actions and thus have more versatility in making choices for the future.

In the beginning, meetings are at least once a week, as less frequent meetings tend to make therapy less effective. As the therapy continues and you are moving toward your goals, the meeting frequency will extend to every two weeks, and then to once a month until you feel confident that your goals are sustainable. In some cases, the frequency of the therapy sessions may be less than weekly or twice a week, depending on your particular needs.


The beauty of a therapeutic relationship is that a therapist is not an everyday member of your life. Therefore, they can be a trusted and objective resource. A therapist is specifically trained in the art and science of relationship applying researched methods to a broad range of human need.

Most people find that the therapy relationship grows and matures over time. Many people use a therapist like they use their physician or accountant. Once familiar with their therapist, they have a safe partner to call for a spot check or to resolve a current dilemma. When there is a working relationship in place, a therapist can be an invaluable resource for problem-solving and support.

Psychotherapy provides a safe, confidential, and respectful environment to explore what is most important to you. A relationship with a professional psychotherapist/counselor is protected by professional licensing, ethics and guidelines. Licensed professional counselors (LPC) have undergone standardized educational and training requirements including a specific amount of supervised hours while directly engaged in their profession.


My practice is dedicated toward assisting you to navigate difficult personal situations. This may include emotional distress, defeating patterns, or trouble with career, relationships, serious illness, or life transitions. My primary responsibility is to you; establishing a safe, comfortable, and trusting environment. Our therapeutic relationship will allow you to feel free to explore any area of your thoughts, emotions, or behaviors. My commitment to you is privacy and a relationship without judgment or reprisal.


Given that you are reading this site you are already on the path to changing your life for the better. Action is a step of willingness and courage - two ingredients that are essential for success.

I understand that choosing a psychotherapist/counselor can be a random and time-consuming process. To know what distinguishes me from other psychotherapists overview my website and go to 'About Jackie'. See if what I offer matches what you are looking for in a therapeutic relationship.

If you have questions after viewing my website, feel free to call or contact me via e-mail. I am glad to answer any questions you may have.

Jackie Bay