Counseling, sometimes called therapy, is the process of talking with a trained professional to help you achieve emotional healing and hope.
Counseling is an emotional, psychological and financial investment in yourself. Your psychological and emotional evolution will take time and it won’t always be easy. Emotional relief and recovery requires patience and perseverance as there is no magic cure to expedite your healing.
Counseling is similar to starting the gym: it can be intimidating, you aren’t quite sure how it works, it's challenging and you don’t always recognize your progress in real time. Just like the gym, for treatment to be effective you must consistently push through uncomfortable and painful feelings/sensations to build a healthier and stronger psychological system. Some of your sessions may leave you feeling light while others may feel heavy. Rebuilding your brain and life isn’t easy; to make emotional gains, you must trust and dedicate yourself to the therapeutic process.
Your counselor is like your personal trainer. Your relationship with me, your counselor, will be quite unique as you will grow from sharing stories of your life experiences. Our relationship is interactive, professionally interdependent and protected by boundaries. Throughout this process I will help you untangle, rewrite, and create a life worth living. A life that is guided by your inner sense of self.
To gain the most from this process, you must show up to your sessions in an honest and vulnerable way and commit to doing the work. Counseling is not just an emotional dumping ground. Growth does not result from ‘venting’ and CHANGE is your ultimate goal. For counseling to be most effective, you have to be ready to truly see yourself and shift your perspective.
Forcing yourself or someone else to engage in therapy is not effective. We all accept our need to change at different rates. Your commitment to and readiness for therapy has to be YOUR choice.
I feel stuck and/or lost in life
It feels draining and impossible to get through my day
I am open to take steps towards change
It's hard to focus on my work, school, and/or daily tasks of living
I notice a negative impact on my relationships with myself/others
It's becoming more difficult to cope with my life's stressors
I have experienced trauma
It feels like emotions are dictating my life
I feel unsafe within myself
I have been diagnosed and/or recommended for therapy by a medical professional