How do I know if individual counseling is right for me?
Most people experience general confusion, sadness, anxiety, and struggle with general life transitions. But for many, these can pile on top of one another, and be too great to manage on your own. Making the decision to engage in individual therapy takes immense courage. You will take this courage and dedicate yourself to healing. In my experience, one of the most important aspects in your healing process is finding a place in which you can feel completely validated and heard. When offering counseling in Vancouver, Washington I strive to create an open, non-judgmental environment to walk with you on your journey of healing and building in hope.
What should I expect in individual therapy?
One of the biggest positive aspects of individual therapy is that all the time and attention will be focused on you and what you bring to talk about. For some it is a much-needed space to engage in open dialogue about relationships in their lives. For others it is a safe space to decompress and move past trauma. A secondary perk is this offers you a safe place in which you can practice self care on a regular basis. The most important thing you can expect is to know that you will achieve your desired healing if you come to therapy consistently and engage in the process in a vulnerable way knowing you are in a safe place.
How do I know if I should attend individual therapy vs. relationship therapy?
If you are trying to decide if you should engage in relationship or couples therapy vs. individual therapy, you are in the right place. While there isn’t always a clear answer to this question, I can assure you that whether or not you attend with your partner, we will bring many contexts “into the room” regardless of physical presence. What this means to me, is simply that if you are experiencing relationship problems but wish to engage in individual therapy, it’s okay! We can begin to address some of the most challenging aspects of your relationship in individual therapy. If you are in a relationship, but your partner does not wish to attend therapy, that’s also okay! You can engage in your own individual healing process and know that it will likely transform aspects of your relationship on it’s own. Whichever type of counseling you’re looking for, my office in Vancouver, Washington is a safe space to meet and work through challenges.