Counseling is something I am super passionate about. Practically speaking, counseling is time you set aside each week to meet with a professional and talk about yourself. It’s a special opportunity to process and work through any personal struggles you may be experiencing under the guidance of an experienced professional who is dedicated to helping you.
That being said, counseling isn’t “one size fits all.” It’s a collaboration. I tailor each session to fit your specific needs and goals. I don’t come in with an agenda each week of what I think we should discuss. Instead, I listen deeply to your concerns and begin formulating hypotheses of what I think might be going on below the surface. I provide just enough structure to keep the session flowing, while simultaneously offering all the time and space you need to work through an issue at your own pace.
I also love this definition from Capital Area Counseling which may resonate with you: “Psychotherapy in its broadest definition is about growth. It is about living a life that is most congruent with who you are and participating in the quality of relationships you desire. Psychotherapy can look different for each client. For some it may involve identifying survival techniques developed in one’s childhood that are no longer useful today. For others, psychotherapy might involve developing new patterns to meet current and future challenges.”