Individual counseling provides a safe, healing environment to discuss anything you are concerned about—including relationship issues, childhood issues, or problems surfacing due to employment, career or personal life changes. While we are connected to our families, our friends, our work, and our communities, we also know there is value in having a space that is just for you. So while there aren’t many truly “individual” problems, we can still seek solutions, healing, and growth in an individual context.
Some of the most common reasons people reach out to us for individual therapy:
I feel anxious and/or depressed.
Life can be overwhelming. We’re trying to juggle many responsibilities and often feel like we’re coming up short. On the outside it might look like we have it all together, but inside we feel alone and empty. Sometimes we can’t keep the act going and we start missing out on life due to feelings of anxiety or depression. These feelings don’t get to define you or determine your life. Life with peace and joy is possible!
I need to learn how to cope.
Maybe you’ve found yourself in a stressful place in life and you’re turning to unhealthy things. Many of our default ways of dealing— hiding behind screens, overeating, abusing substances, hurting ourselves or others—don’t help us feel any better. Learning healthier coping strategies, facing and dealing with a variety of emotions, and learning to engage mindfully can help you deal with the ups and downs of life.
I don’t know who I am.
In a society that is full of opinions of who you should be, what you should do, how you should act, it is hard to know what is really from us versus from others. Sometimes it takes things going wrong to realize you’d been chasing the wrong dream. Or when things slow down in life, you might realize that you’re afraid of what will happen if you take a good, hard look at yourself. You have to keep yourself busy, moving, doing the next thing because slowing down will result in feeling frozen. Our busy society offers expectations of who we should be and sometimes we build our lives around what others want from us rather than from our authentic self. This leads to major emptiness and confusion. Individual therapy is a place to bring all the parts of yourself, to dissect your decisions, to discover what brings you joy, to identify your goals, and to empower you to move forward with a solid sense of self. Not only will this benefit you, but you’ll see this impact your relationships as well.
I’m worried that pain from my past is impacting my future.
Sometimes the way forward requires going back. If you have a history of painful events or memories that continue to interrupt your life, going back to make sense of those memories and find a way to move forward can be beneficial. It takes courage to face painful memories of the past and our counselors are patient and caring as they walk this journey with you. Pain from the past is inevitable, but growth in moving forward is optional. Make the decision to get healing and take back control so that wounds from the past no longer take away joy from the present.