What is it?
Professional counseling is a therapeutic relationship that empowers diverse individuals, couples, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals. Professional Counselors work with clients on strategies to overcome obstacles and personal challenges that they are facing.
Counseling is a collaborative effort between the counselor and client. Professional counselors often: Help clients identify goals and potential solutions to problems which cause emotional turmoil, seek to improve communication and coping skills, strengthen self-esteem, and promote behavior change and optimal mental health.
Who is it for?
Any individual, couple, or family that might be overwhelmed by day-to-day life, or feeling stuck in patterns that make life feel unsatisfying and empty. Professional counseling is beneficial for those who might be experiencing depression, anxiety, anger, or low self-esteem. You may be negotiating a relationship or trying to adjust to a new job. Or perhaps you are highly self-critical, with a harsh inner voice? Counseling can help to quiet that inner self-critic, while developing greater skills for resiliency and coping.
What can it look like?
Part of our work together will help to clarify that reaching out for what you need is actually a strength. I focus on the healing aspects of building on your capacity for self reflection, discovering your resources, supporting your resilience, and sustaining your inner strengths and potential. Professional counseling can take on many unique forms including: Individual counseling, couples counseling, or family counseling.
Individual counseling is a personal opportunity to receive specialized support and experience growth during challenging times in life. Individual counseling can help one deal with many personal topics in life such as anger, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, marriage and relationship challenges, parenting problems, school difficulties, career changes, etc.
Every couple experiences ups and downs in their levels of closeness and harmony over time. This can range from basic concerns of stagnation or communication difficulties, to serious expressions of aggressive behavior. Marriage counseling or couples counseling can help resolve conflicts and heal wounds. Overall, counseling can help couples slow down their negative spiral, and reframe bad habits in order to reestablish realistic expectations and goals with one another.
Family counseling is often sought due to a bigger life change or stress negatively affecting one or all areas of family closeness, family structure (rules and roles) or communication style. This mode of counseling can take a variety of forms. Sometimes it is best to see an entire family together for several sessions, while simultaneously making time for each member of the family to experience individualized counseling. Common issues addressed in family counseling are concerns around parenting, sibling conflict, loss of family members, new members entering the family, dealing with a major move, or a general change affecting the family system.