You may have heard it referred to by one of its many names: ‘therapy, counseling, psychotherapy, talk therapy or individual therapy.’ Whatever you feel comfortable calling it, it all means one thing: you work one-on-one in a safe, confidential and caring environment (which now includes a secure video link).
Are you struggling to feel like yourself, do you have a difficult time recalling a time when you felt good about yourself? Are you struggling to engage in things that used to bring you pleasure? Do you find yourself isolating more often than not, are you avoiding texts or calls from friends? Do you have a sense that life is passing you by? Your thoughts and feelings are real and valid. You are not alone; individual therapy can help.
What are the benefits of Individual Therapy?
I am trained to help you explore your beliefs, thoughts, feelings, habits, and experiences in order to gain better understanding and insight. You will learn to cope with a variety of issues such as stress, interpersonal issues, grief, anger and low self-esteem throughout the process of individual therapy.
Individual therapy is helpful for a variety of reasons, such as increasing self-awareness, encouraging self-exploration, identifying boundaries, enhancing communication skills and improving the use of healthy coping skills. The benefits will lead to a shift in behavior which often decrease symptoms of mental health issues.
I would be honored to guide you as you learn to cope with and confront your unique issues.
Isn’t therapy for people who are weak or can’t deal with their problems?
Sadly, the stigma of therapy and mental illness is a roadblock for some people. For the record, I believe the most emotionally strong, intact people come to therapy and this includes therapists. You are not broken or crazy (heard it all), there is nothing wrong with you. Wanting to feel better is reason enough to give therapy a chance. Let’s face it, life can be challenging – especially now. Pandemics, virtual learning, zoom dating and raging fires is reason enough for many people.
Seeking help is a sign of strength, you deserve to feel better.
The greatest benefit of therapy is that you will start to feel as if you are back in the driver’s seat of your life, therapy brings the control back to you. When you are feeling stressed, anxious and/or depressed it might not seem possible but doing individual work in therapy is the first step in taking back control of your life.
Many people come to therapy to work through issues related to their relationships. Often, issues arise from a lack of boundaries. Boundaries are the physical and emotional limitations that help to differentiate the desires, needs, and preferences of one person from another. The most important aspect of establishing boundaries is recognizing when and where you need them.
In order to communicate boundaries, an individual must first seek to identify and become aware of them. My role as your therapist is to provide insight into your needs and preferences. How much time do you need away from your partner, friend or family each week? How can you prioritize tasks to set boundaries for yourself? These are some of the questions we will explore together.
Throughout the therapeutic process, we will engage in discussion about the issues you with to address or focus on. I encourage my clients to reflect and delve into their life experiences.
Mindfulness is one tool I use to increase an individual’s ability to be present, in the here and now. Mindfulness activities often urge individuals to consider their thoughts and feelings in a nonjudgmental way. This practice often leads to self-awareness of the human experience.
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