Choosing to begin counseling / therapy is a step toward real personal growth and change in a confidential and safe environment. There are many reasons you might seek counseling. You might be looking for a better understanding of yourself and your relationships. You might want to reduce symptoms, change your behavior, or improve your coping strategies.
Whatever brings you in, therapy provides you with a time to focus on yourself and make real changes. These changes can be in your thinking, feeling, behavior, and life.
What Happens in Therapy?
Sometimes people wonder what therapy is like, and may hesitate to come in because they don’t know what to expect. If you’ve never been in counseling / therapy before, I will share a bit about what it is like. When we begin working together, my goal is forming a warm and collaborative relationship. We will talk about what is happening in your life, and the problems or concerns that bring you in.
I am non-judgmental and accept you wherever you are in your life. I am here to help. We will work together to gain a better understanding of what you are struggling with, and from there we will clarify what goals you want to work towards. All clients are unique and I tailor my approach to your needs and goals.
What if I don’t know what my goals are?
At times clients come to counseling and know something is bothering them, but aren’t sure what their goals are. Often the goal might be simply to feel better. We are partners in this process and I will meet you where you’re at. I am very flexible and responsive to your needs.
If you’re not sure what your goals are, we will work together to understand what is happening in your life and where you’d like to be. Once we understand what is happening for you and the goals you want to reach, we work towards reaching them. There are many ways to do this, and the strategies and techniques we use depend on what we’re working on.
I am eclectic in my work which means I draw from multiple different theories and techniques. What strategies and techniques we use depend heavily on what is happening in your life. For example, the needs of someone struggling with anxiety are far different from the needs of someone struggling with grief.
Common reasons people seek counseling/therapy with me.