People seek counseling for a variety of reasons or concerns—many times driven by disruption in their lives or some type of discomfort, pain, and/or trauma that has become too overwhelming to manage alone. Therapy can have benefits and risks. Since therapy often involves discussing unpleasant aspects of your life, you may experience uncomfortable feelings like sadness, guilt, anger, frustration, loneliness and helplessness.
However, participation in therapy has been shown to result in any number of benefits, including improving interpersonal relationships and resolution of the specific concerns that led you to seek therapy. Counseling has also been shown to lead to better relationships, solutions to specific problems, and significant reductions in feelings of distress. As in many aspects of life, there are no guarantees in therapy. Working towards these benefits is a collaborative process and will require effort on your part. We don’t know what you will experience. We do know this journey will demand active involvement, rigorous honesty, and fierce bravery in order to engage in the process of healing.
We will stand together with you, your relationship, and/or your family as the work unfolds, offering our clinical expertise with a variety of approaches and specialties that are designed with your best outcomes in mind. Sometimes this work can uncover difficult feelings and experiences that may be considerably uncomfortable, creating a period of frustration, anxiety, sadness, overwhelm, and/or triggering a variety of other symptoms. These difficulties can often be a part of the ‘change’ and healing process. Our therapists will do their best to assist you in navigating these difficult aspects that brought you into seeking therapy. Together you will develop new tools and strategies to help assist you in these difficult moments, but also as you move forward into your future beyond therapy.
The first few sessions will involve an evaluation of your needs. By the end of the evaluation, your therapist will be able to offer you some first impressions of what the work will include and a treatment plan to follow. In deciding whether or not to continue with therapy, you should evaluate this information along with your own opinion and comfort level in working with the therapist.