Everyone goes through challenging situations in life. You are not the only person who has ever experienced this. In fact, you are in good company. The National Institute of Mental health reports that more than a quarter of the American adult population experiences some kind of anxiety, depression, or other emotional difficulty each year. If you are feeling overwhelmed, not adjusting well, or can’t cope with what is going on in your life, you may benefit from counseling. Many people don’t realize that it’s actually a sign of strength, resiliency, and positive mental health to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. Help-seeking behaviors are indicative of self-awareness and insight, which means you are likely to benefit from professional counseling.
Are you experiencing uncontrollable or excessive worry, fear, hopelessness, or anger? These may be signals you are struggling with emotional issues, and could benefit from counseling treatment. Studies have shown that, on average, 88% of those who go to psychotherapy have improved outlooks after just one session. Speaking to a supportive, non-judgmental caring professional counselor can be life changing. Behaviors such as unusual sleeping or eating, or withdrawing from friends and family, can be a sign you could benefit from professional help. Most clients gain insights into problems and patterns, and develop new skill sets that change the trajectory of their lives. The sooner you get the help you need, the sooner you’ll see positive changes and have your life improve.
Talk therapy is usually just like a private conversation. It may involve support, encouragement, coaching, and could challenge your beliefs and barriers. We will use evidence-based talk therapy to help you identify and cope with the problems you are experiencing in ways difficult for you to do on your own. In most cases, you’ll discuss current events in your life, relevant episodes in your past that could be affecting your present, and reports on the progress and new insights you’ve gained from previous therapy sessions. Common counseling homework includes relaxation and stress management techniques, communication skills, and mindfulness or journaling. Together we develop the steps you can take, outside of the therapy room, to support your progress, and reach your goals.