Individual therapy is a collaborative process between a therapist and client that aims to facilitate change and improve quality of life. I work with clients in a safe, caring, and confidential environment where we explore feelings, beliefs, and behaviors, and explore family of origin and other key relationships to gain insight that allows work toward desired change. People seek therapy for a wide variety of reasons, from coping with major life challenges or childhood trauma, to dealing with depression and anxiety, to simply desiring personal growth and greater self-knowledge. Therapy can help confront barriers that interfere with emotional and mental well-being, and increase positive feelings such as compassion, self-esteem, love, courage, and peace.
Treating the whole person is key to healing that is sustained and internalized, verses temporary and short lived. It is important to honor all parts of oneself; those you celebrate, and those that are suppressed that you may not want to look at. Working through therapy to heal emotional pain, and identifying areas of personal growth, allows for true self-acceptance and self-admiration. When you honor yourself and believe you are worthy, you then can express yourself authentically and foster healthy, rewording relationships in all areas of life. Clients often find they enjoy the therapeutic journey, and are grateful for the healing and change that transpires.
Some common issues of focus for individual therapy are:
- Mental health: Depression, Anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, physical health, and others
- Relationships: marriage, divorce, partnerships, family, friends
- Grief and loss
- Intimacy, sexuality
- Multi-cultural issues
- Meaning of Life: life goals, why am I here, moral conflicts
- Transitions: new job, divorce, school, child birth, and others
- Developmental phases of children
- Phase of Life: the teen years, to young adult, to mid-life, through senior years
- Life enhancement: self-care, working to improve individually and in relationships