Therapy Makes the Difference
Your life and relationships may be unsatisfying. You may be at a place in your life where you know something is wrong, or you want things to be better, but you are not sure what that is, or how to figure it out.
Or, you may have some ideas about what the issues are but you haven't been able to quite change them on your own, or with the help from your friends. You may feel sick and tired of feeling the same way and you want things to be better. And, you're curious about how a therapist can help you with this.
It's important to choose a therapist who you feel comfortable with, and once meeting for a session or two, you believe is someone you can relax with and open up to. The best way to figure this out is to meet for a consultation, or first session.
Sometimes people think it will be the same as talking to a friend, or a lay counselor. But it is different in some significant ways. A therapist is trained, and experienced, to hear and see things in others that, on average, most people don't pick up on, or if others do, they don't know how to help with the issues. Therapists also see things from your perspective, and can help you feel better about yourself while helping you discover some aspects about yourself that you probably didn't understand before. And, ultimately, a therapist can help you grow personally, and in your relationships with others.
Therapy or counseling (those terms are interchangeable) can help alleviate certain problematic issues and resolve ongoing patterns that are getting in the way of what you want to experience. It really is possible to become a better person--a wife, husband, mother, daughter, etc. Really, counseling has the potential to transform your life.
So, what can you expect?
Therapy, or counseling, means caring about another person's soul, and it's a place where you can feel safe, heard, understood and cared about, so you can understand yourself in ever-expanding ways. At times, it's about gaining insight and tools that you can utilize in your life. The process of therapy often leads to feeling better, having healthier relationships, resolving problems, and clearing out the issues that seem to keep you stuck and feeling less than optimal. Sometimes this happens quickly, and other times it may happen more gradually over time.
As a therapist who sees a broad range of individuals, couples and families, my approach is relational in nature. Clients tell me how it is who I am, and how I am with them, coupled with my uncanny insight and ability to sensitively attune myself to what is really going on with them, beyond words and behaviors.