Are you feeling…
- - Stuck?
- - Stressed or overwhelmed?
- - Sad or lonely?
- - Dissatisfied with your career or relationships?
When clients first reach out to me, they have often been trying to manage a part of their life on their own for some time, but are now feeling stuck, confused, or helpless as to what else they can do. They want to feel better, to grow, and are ready to work towards real change. I admire everyone who has the strength and courage to take that first step into counseling. With the help of an experienced and skillful therapist, counseling allows us to gain insight, learn new skills and habits, and ultimately apply these changes in our lives outside of the therapy room, which is where it counts the most.
At the end of counseling, clients often report having...
- - A deeper understanding of themselves, others, and their situation
- - Stronger coping skills
- - Greater effectiveness in solving problems or interacting with others
- - More closure around past hurts and disappointments
- - Greater confidence and sense of control over their lives
As we understand your situation better, we will be able to identify and work towards goals that will bring real and meaningful change to your life. Rather than just a band-aid or temporary relief, counseling helps us to make deeper changes that will last.
Questions you may have...
- 1. Does therapy really work?
YES. But not all therapies are created equal. In order to have positive outcomes in therapy, it is crucial that clients be motivated, there is a good fit between client and therapist, and the therapist is effective (Wampold, 2011).
2. Which counselor do I choose?
We shop around for phones, cars, homes, and jobs - why wouldn't we do the same for our therapist? Having a good fit with one's therapist is so important that I encourage all my potential clients to "shop around" to find a therapist who they feel comfortable working with and can trust. Everyone's needs are different, but an effectiveness therapist is usually non-judgmental, has interpersonal skills, builts trust and understanding in the relationship, monitors progress, is reflective, personalizes the treatment to the client, and is committed to continual improvement (Wampold, 2011).
3. How long before things get better?
Many clients show symptom relief and progress almost immediately. At other times, people may report "feeling worse before they feel better". This is because therapy involves thinking and talking about topics that are difficult, complicated, and painful, so it is not always an easy process. Certainly within 1-3 months of starting counseling, clients report progress more often than not. I believe it is my responsibility to re-assess the therapy if clients do not feel they have improved.
Beginning counseling can be a big step. It is natural to be nervous or have questions. Please feel free to schedule an initial consultation, where we can discuss your concerns.