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Individual Therapy

Individual therapy can be a transforming time to focus on yourself, your strengths and areas of growth.

There are many different therapeutic modalities and treatment approaches that people find to be of help. Individual therapy typically involves regularly scheduled meetings between a licensed therapist and a client.

Research has shown that one of the most important aspects of therapy is that the client feels that he/she can trust the therapist, and feels comfortable taking openly to the therapist. Topics such as a person’s day-to-day functioning, fears, interpersonal relationships, past experiences and hopes for the future are subjects that are commonly explored in therapy. The therapist’s role is to provide a safe and supportive environment where growth, healing and change can take place.

Individuals seek out therapy for many reasons. Whatever your reason, therapy can provide a supportive environment to work on your goals, heal emotional pain, or make the changes you desire in your life. Maybe you feel like you just need someone to listen, or maybe you feel that you need someone to challenge you to think or act in new ways.

I embrace a client-centered and collaborative approach to therapy, meaning that I would work with you to approach your issues from a perspective that I hope will best match your needs, values, beliefs, and goals. We’ll examine your life carefully considering how the psychological, intellectual, emotional, social, and physical aspects of your life may be affecting the issues that you’re working on in therapy.

It will be important to identify your strengths, so that you can use them as a resource to help you be move forward.

Individual Therapy at Synergetic Psychotherapy can address the following:

Depression: People struggling with depression experience feelings of irritability, fatigue, hopelessness, worthlessness, or guilt. They may experience weight loss or gain, trouble sleeping normally, or thoughts about death or suicide. There are many different ways to experience depression. Sometimes symptoms can be severe and require immediate professional attention…but even mild depression can get in the way of living the life you want to be living. Therapy can be effective in the treatment of depression. I help my clients explore the nature of their depression, develop coping mechanisms for their feelings, and begin increasing their level of activity, which is a crucial part of treating depression. I can also help my clients decide if pharmacological treatment from a specialist is necessary.

Anxiety: Many people experience anxiety from time to time throughout the lifespan. However, for some people, anxiety becomes excessive and exaggerated. This is characterized by continually worrying about everyday life events and often expecting that the worst thing will happen. Anxiety can be a problem when it gets in the way of things like relationships, work, hobbies, school, etc. To treat anxiety, I help my clients recognize and change the thought patters and behaviors that lead to excessive worry.

Bereavement:  Loss of a loved one is incredibly painful. No two people grieve in the same way, so grief counseling is a process that’s guided by where you are and how you’re grieving. Some of the normal reactions to a loss include denial, alarm, anger, guilt, and depression. In grief counseling, I help my clients have a place to express their grief, realize the loss, identify and understand their feelings, and eventually, when the time is right, develop a new identity.

Career & Job Concerns: We spend a great deal of time in the workplace. It is common to experience frustration about our jobs or career path. Many people wish they had a embarked on a different path, and feel “stuck”. In working with career issues, I help my clients understand what they’re not happy about in their current position and develop steps that can be taken to explore new possibilities.

Dating: Dating is supposed to be enjoyable, but sometimes it feels like another job in itself. Perhaps you feel like you keep  repeating the same dating mistakes. Maybe you feel lonely and haven’t had much experience dating at all. Perhaps you just need a little help navigating the dating scene or putting together an online profile. In counseling single clients, I help them recognize unhealthy dating patters and understand why they exist. I also help people work on the issues that may be getting in the way of a healthy dating life: issues such as self-esteem, anxiety, and self-confidence.

Relationships: Relationships can lead to feelings of frustration, anger, concern, or hurt. They can also lead to feelings of love, attraction, and joy. Sometimes we need help dealing with all these types of feelings in our relationship. I encourage clients who are experiencing relationship issues to consider attending couples counseling. However, that isn’t always practical or possible. I work with clients to explore their emotions, their role in creating what is and what is not working, and the goals they have for their relationship in the future.

Illness: Chronic and/or debilitating illness can suddenly alter life and challenge us in new and sometimes daunting ways. Seeking out therapy can help with these changes can be a helpful and supportive part of your recovery.

Neglect / Abuse:  You may be living in an abusive or neglectful relationship in the present or in your past. Neglect and abuse can be emotional, physical, or both. It leads to feelings of confusion, shame, anger, anxiety, or depression. Therapy can be helpful in exploring these feelings. It can also help you identify steps you can take to change your life.

Self-esteem: You may have a hard time seeing all of the wonderful aspects of yourself.  In working with clients who want to improve their self-esteem, I help them focus on their strengths. From there, I help them begin to experience themselves in a new light, often by beginning to act differently. When we begin to experience and think of ourselves as worthy, lovable, and good, we begin to feel that way, too.

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