Is Counseling for Me?

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If you’re reading this, you’re probably asking yourself, “Is counseling for me?” The answer is “Yes!” You may still have other questions. “Am I too old to change?” or “Is my child too young for therapy?” The answer to both is most likely “no.” The saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” does not apply to counseling. Whether you’re two or 92, counseling can help you IF you’re ready to make a change. You may just be in the process of looking at your options, but not quite ready to make that call. That’s okay. When you’re ready, give me a call and we can talk about what counseling can offer you.

You may also be thinking, “I don’t need to just go sit and talk to someone, I can make changes myself” or “I can talk to my friends/family/hairstylist/etc.” That may be true. I think you get the most out of counseling when you’re ready and willing to make changes, even if change sounds overwhelming. It is great if you have supportive friends and family that are willing to listen, but often family and friends like to give advice. Counseling is not about giving advice. It is about learning new skills, exploring faulty/inaccurate thoughts and beliefs, setting goals, and making changes.

Sometimes, talking isn’t enough. Sometimes, we have experienced grief, loss, or trauma that keeps us “stuck.” You realize you need to make a change, but nothing seems to work. You may be reading this and thinking you or your child have never experienced trauma because you’ve never been to war. Trauma can be anything that negatively impacts the brains ability to process emotions and function. What is traumatic for one person may not be for another, and vice versa. A loss or prolonged illness of a close family member could be traumatic. Emotional, psychological, or verbal abuse can cause lasting trauma. Trauma often requires a different approach because of the way that it affects the brain. I integrate neurobiological concepts with expressive and experiential techniques to help you to create change.

If you’re reading this and still wondering if counseling is right for you, then give me a call.

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