Have you been stressed more than usual lately? Are you frustrated and irritable?
Do you experience feelings of worry, anxiety, or panic?
Are you struggling with feelings of hopelessness, sadness, or loss?
Have important relationships become more difficult, or recently ended?
Are you having difficulty concentrating? Do you often feel overwhelmed?
Do you feel bad about yourself, less capable, or less deserving than other people?
If you feel that you just don’t want to go on experiencing life this way, individual therapy can help you bring about change.
Some of the issues we specialize in for individual therapy are:
- • Stress and anxiety
- • Depression
- • Divorce recovery
- • Substance abuse
- • ADD/ADHD
- • Grieving
- • Relationships
- • Sexual issues
- • Low self-esteem
- • Personal growth
The best way to figure out what is keeping you from the life you want and deserve, is to do a thorough examination of where you currently are in your life, how you got here and what it will take to move you to where you want to be in your relationships, work life, school life, social and home life. While your counselor’s job is to assist you in your exploration, in individual therapy you determine the goals, the pace and the level of introspection that feels most comfortable for you at any moment in time.
You may be wondering – I’m not sure I need individual therapy – I’m not “crazy”.
What about medication?
Psychologists and counselors don’t prescribe medication, but we will consult with about whether medication would be helpful, and refer you to a medical doctor if appropriate. Whether you are already on medication for problems such as depression, anxiety or ADHD, or you are trying to avoid using medication at all, therapy will help you to understand the root causes of your problems, deal with your feelings, and learn to live a happier, more satisfying life.
I don’t want to spend years in treatment
Our treatment approach is multifaceted in that we combine brief, solution focused approaches with other evidence-based best practices, such as cognitive behavioral, humanistic and family systems therapies. All of these approaches focus on quickly identifying the problem and then working collaboratively with you and other providers where appropriate (e.g., medical doctors), to generate solutions and strategies that are S.M.A.R.T (i.e., specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time limited).
I’m worried about the cost of counseling services
Only you can decide if the benefits of counseling outweigh the risks of doing nothing. We often refer to the times when we realize that we need and should seek help, as “moments of clarity”. These times can be fleeting, so the best possible time to make a commitment to yourself is when you have made the move to actually seek help. If you consider the alternative, which is that not getting the help you need might lead to even greater costs financially, psychologically and relationally, counseling is a worthwhile investment in yourself.