Are you curious – is there a difference between counseling and therapy?
I am a therapist trained in short-term psychological counseling, and longer term therapy. In counseling, the focus is on current stresses in your life. The goal is problem-solving, and may involve learning new skills. Clients seeking therapy often talk about difficulties at work or in their relationships. Many grew up in families that they thought seemed “normal” while others might clearly say mine was “dysfunctional.”
Before coming to therapy, it is common to think “I can handle it – I just have to try harder.” There comes a “tipping point” when either the pain you are experiencing, or someone else’s frustration with you leads to seeking professional help.
In therapy, we start where you are, addressing your immediate needs. We will explore patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving that interfere with achieving your goals.
Many people are surprised or unaware that they are over-reacting in situations, or in relationships. They may be confused about the reasons why, others are frustrated with them. In the process of therapy, you will become more aware of many deeply embedded beliefs that may trigger an intense response, or non-responsiveness. Our goal will be to revise outdated beliefs, understanding their purpose earlier in your life; and bringing them up to speed.
You can learn to recognize, and develop your capacity for dealing with threats to your well-being in more resourceful ways.