Individual & Family Counseling
There are a multitude of reasons you may be interested in seeking counseling. Perhaps you're looking to weather the storm of a current crisis, or figure out how to create an anchor for your life. Maybe life is going fairly well for you, and you're looking for ways to rise to new heights and expand your vision of whole life health.
Maybe you've been encouraged to seek counseling by loved ones, or you're seeking it out because you know there has to be a better way to live the life you're leading.
Seeking a therapist can be daunting. There are many clinicians available, and numerous methods of treatment available. Whether you're ready to start counseling now or just want to chat about if therapy is right for you, feel free to browse around the services I offer or reach out directly so we can begin your journey into the fulfilling life you deserve.
Individual or Family?
Individual counseling is an opportunity for you to work on, through, and gain insight about issues going on in your life. These might be issues you're well-aware of, but can also be unknown and unexpected issues.
Traditionally, individual therapy is going to be focused on talking about and through issues and situations in your life. In addition to traditional talk therapy, I also provide several other modalities such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Image Transformation Therapy (ImTT), which allow you to address issues in your life that may be impossible to put into words.
Family therapy can consist of including just your partner or the entire immediate family in all or part of your therapy journey. Often, if only one individual makes changes in their life, other intimate relationships can actually begin to suffer. This is due to people getting into routines of relating to one another, so when one person begins to change and the other(s) don't, things can get even more complicated.
Maybe you feel like the chaos keeps following you.
Or that you can't catch a break at home, work, or life in general.
Maybe you are just realizing that your usual coping skills aren't quite enough to help you out in this season of life.
Perhaps you've done a recent self-inventory and realized you've been feeling "off" for a really, really long time.
Or, most painfully, family or friends are telling you that you're making things up, making things worse, or that you're the Problem.
Let me make this clear:
the PROBLEM is the problem.
Behaviors, mental health issues, and life situations can all be problems. And often, these problems occur simultaneously.
Once you're in a place of relative stability, we can start to explore ways to maintain and ultimately expand that stability.
Building or rebuilding self-esteem and a sense of worthiness are at the core of the work we will do together.
One of the first things we will explore is how most therapy happens outside of the session; at home, in conversations with others, in the small moments with yourself. To support your growth process, we may identify ways to nurture this through a small commitment to yourself beyond our sessions. This may include reading assignments, workbooks, activities both solo and with friends/family, and working towards clearly defined and agreed-upon goals.
A life worthy of YOU
Moving forward into a life of stability can be much, much harder than it sounds. When you've been living in chaos for much of your life, the concept of stability can sound serene, tranquil, boring, and anxiety-inducing. Many people I've worked with have described times of peace as "waiting for the other shoe to drop."
Learning to love the quiet
It is actually in the quiet moments that we are able to turn inward and identify what our deepest desires and dreams may be. We may explore several different skills to support your skillfulness being still with yourself to allow those desires and dreams to make themselves known, such as self-talk, anxiety management, meditation, journaling, or other mindful practices.