Individual Counseling

Individual-Counseling

Are You Feeling Stuck In Your Life?

Are you struggling to find happiness or purpose in your life? Do you wish you could feel satisfied in your career? Do you wake up dreading the challenges the day will bring? Perhaps changes at home like retirement or infidelity have altered the dynamic with your spouse, leaving you feeling abandoned and alone. Or maybe you’re struggling to establish meaningful relationships with co-workers and others outside of the house. Do you feel helpless to change your situation, and while you go through the motions of the day, is it hard to feel satisfied? Do you wish you could find meaning in your actions and relationships?

We all go through times when we question our motivations or decisions, however, if we aren’t careful these questions can become habit forming. You may feel heartbroken about the loss of a loved one. The sense of abandonment and rejection that manifests following loss can lead to anxiety, depression and incessant negative thoughts. Alternately, conflict at work or home may have you feeling stuck in your life and powerless to make a change. When you struggle to feel comfortable with yourself or practice self-compassion, establishing meaningful connections with others can seem impossible.

Many Individuals Feel Powerless or Unfulfilled

Everyone struggles with feelings of being stuck in life, unable to get moving again. Challenges at work and changes in your relationship can leave you feeling weighed down and alone. Social media connections often reduce face-to-face social interactions, limiting our opportunities to establish personal and satisfying relationships. The loss of a loved one may have you questioning your own mortality. Studies show 87% of workers worldwide are emotionally disconnected from their work and nearly half of all marriages end in divorce. The truth is, these difficulties are a natural part of life, and everyone faces times when they feel powerless or trapped by their circumstances.

The good news is that there is a solution. In individual counseling sessions, we can collaboratively develop strategies that can help you overcome the obstacles limiting your sense of confidence and fulfillment.

Individual Counseling Can Help You Find Satisfaction In Your Relationships and Personal Life

Knowing yourself is a valuable first step to feeling fulfilled in your life and in your relationships. But, it’s often not an easy one. Circumstances are constantly changing how you – and those you with whom you have relationships – interact with the world. When you begin to better understand yourself and your motivations you may discover that you have been treating the symptoms of your discontent, rather than the root cause.

In our sessions together, I can help you begin to better understand yourself and the obstacles that have left you feeling trapped, unhappy and alone. As you increase self-awareness and become more comfortable discussing your needs and desires with others, you can begin healing the fractures in your personal life and relationships. In individual counseling, this process begins by building a trusting relationship with your therapist. I emphasize a safe, confidential environment where you can feel safe exploring and testing new behaviors and feelings about yourself.

We will work together to identify the psychological barriers limiting your personal growth and satisfaction while developing strategies to help you cope with and overcome obstacles. Our strategic approach depends on the challenges you are facing, making your feedback vital to the process. You are the expert on yourself, and our work together can become increasingly effective as you feel more comfortable discussing the successes – or difficulties – of strategies you apply outside of our sessions.

Individual counseling also provides you with the time and space to identify what really matters to you. Every day brings new challenges that threaten to overwhelm you, but every challenge is also a unique opportunity for personal growth and development. When you learn to understand yourself, your goals and your needs, it becomes possible to develop meaningful relationships and live a more fulfilling life.

Throughout my nearly 40-years of private practice, I have seen the importance of a tailored approach to reach measurable outcomes. When you break a leg, you wear a cast and use crutches until the bones have sufficiently healed. Similarly, you are seeking individual counseling because you have a need or desire for healing or growth. And, just like a physical injury, your treatment should have measurable outcomes and a final goal in mind. By building a trusting relationship with an experienced, flexible therapist, you can begin establishing the self-confidence – and self-compassion – you need to feel fulfilled and satisfied in your personal life and relationships.

But, you may still have questions about seeking individual counseling…

How long will this take? I don’t want to become reliant on therapy…

I believe that individual counseling is a partnership between you and your therapist. In our first session we begin by setting goals and regularly check in with these goals to ensure you are making the progress you desired. And as we proceed, your feedback allows me to continue tailoring the strategies to better suit your individual needs.

I work with most clients for a total of 8 to 12 sessions, although we may need fewer – or more – sessions to help you reach the level of progress you are seeking. It is important to realize that change can take time, and this may not be a quick fix.

How can I afford therapy? I’ve heard that it can be expensive.

Therapy is an investment in your happiness, confidence and well-being. Like attending college or paying for a gym membership, you are choosing to invest in yourself. Additionally, if left untreated, stress, anxiety and ongoing emotional turbulence can lead to expensive bills and medical expenses later in life. Therapy should be a collaborative experience, as you are paying for a partner to help you become who you want to be, not for a service to simply be provided.

I do not encourage ongoing or permanent therapy, and many of my clients find the results they were seeking within 8 to 12 sessions. When we begin working together, we will establish measurable outcomes to ensure you are making the progress you are paying for.

I’m worried you won’t understand my problems. What if you can’t help me?

While I have nearly 40-years of experience in personal therapy, you are the expert on yourself. I focus on building a safe, confidential and trusting relationship so you can feel comfortable telling me about the problems that have led you to seek individual counseling. My experience and versatility as a professional therapist, coupled with your feedback, allow us to tailor sessions and strategies to your situation, needs and desires.

You Can Feel Satisfied and Fulfilled

If you are ready to begin working toward personal growth and healing, I encourage you to call me, David Mullen, for a free 15-minute phone consultation.