There are lots of reasons people seek personal counseling with me. Some of these include:
Anxiety – whether it is newly developed or has been going on for a long time is usually quite exhausting for people.
Depression – some describe this like experience as though life has lost its excitement or meaning. Psychotherapy can provide support, tools and safety as we figure out what is getting in the way of you having that fulfilling life you think is possible, but don’t quite know how to get to.
Relationship issues – whether the concern is with friends, family, romantic partners, or a combination of all the above relationships are important parts of our lives and when they aren’t going well, it’s usually a difficult thing to deal with.
Traumatic events – this can be anything from a significant car accident, to a death loss in your life, all the way to emotional or physical abuse. Trauma often rocks our sense of security and safety in the world, and therapy is a great place to explore that, understand the impact it had on your life, and take thoughtful steps towards reducing that pain.
Life changes – much of the time, mental health issues surface during big life stressors or changes in the environment. Some of these might include: getting married, having children, going off to college, new jobs, relationships ending, moving.
Career concerns – we spend most of our waking hours engaged in some type of work. If you’re feeling unhappy, unfulfilled, or miserable in that activity, it’s likely this will spill over into your personal life. Or make the opposite is true for you! I like to say, career and personal lives do not happen in a vacuum separate from each other, and counseling can help you explore where the need for adjustment is and how to go about producing effective change.