If you are at a place in your life where you are considering “doing some counseling”, please know that it will not be a one-size-fits-all approach. Instead, you will have a vital role in a uniquely personal, sometimes challenging, hopefully rewarding, refreshing, and even mysterious experience. Additionally, because you are devoting your time and resources, you will want to gain practical skills, too.
For you to fully glean the richness from an effective counseling/psychotherapy experience, it is imperative that your therapeutic relationship is safe and supportive, authentic and honest, respectful and collaborative. Within the context of this healthy therapeutic relationship, difficult issues may be approached from two different, though not mutually exclusive, perspectives:
In one approach, we, as a team, identify difficulties that seems to be interfering with your life’s satisfaction. Then we address the cause/source of those difficulties utilizing the insights—whenever possible—to reduce their disruptive power in your life and increase your positive life experiences.
A few examples of difficulties:
- Low Self-Esteem/Self-Confidence
- Family of Origin Pain
- Temper/Poor Anger Control
- Extreme Mood Swings
- Relationship Stress
- Disordered Eating
- Identity Issues
In a second approach, we identify existing personal strengths and build upon them. We develop practical skills through role-playing and practice. We focus on practical interventions/coping skills to help reduce stresses/problems. We increase psychological resilience and problem-solving flexibility. And we develop assertiveness skills to improve communication.