Is Counseling Right for You?
If you are thinking about family therapy, relationship, or individual counseling, deciding what services you want and which therapist to work with can be challenging. It’s a good idea to consider the qualifications of a therapist, her or his licensing, credentials, and professional training as well as your own gut feeling and comfort level with a therapist. In addition to academic training, it is important that your counselor has looked at his or her own issues and has the capacity for self-reflection and the ability to listen with compassion.
Please listen to your intuition and gut feelings. A feeling of connection and safety between us is essential for successful therapy. At our first meeting I invite you to notice how it feels to be with me as part of making your decision.
- Do you feel heard?
- Do you think you will be able to trust me?
- Do you feel respected?
In therapy you can learn to:
- Develop balance in your life
- Have more healthy and satisfying relationships
- Recognize your strengths and appreciate who you are
- Build resources and resilience
- Work through trauma, loss and grief
- Develop healthy boundaries
- Resolve conflicts
- Decrease anxiety and depression
- Learn how to assert yourself in healthy ways
- Connect to your heart and find more joy
Psychotherapy requires a collaboration between therapist and client which involves a commitment of time and energy, as well as financial resources. As a client you should expect privacy, confidentiality, respect, and an environment of safety and compassion.