If you've chosen to reach out for therapy, then pat yourself on the back. Not everyone will do this work. Yet, getting support from a neutral party can help you more clearly understand what's happening and offer new ways to think about yourself and relationships with others. When you uncover obstacles or blind-spots, you can make better choices. Also, a therapist can serve as an accountability coach and assist you into turning goals into realities and help you find a greater sense of peace in your daily living experiences.
Counseling is a mutual relationship between you and your therapist. The first few sessions are dedicated to giving you practical tools which will help you manage emotional and physical reactivity. From there, we will develop a plan with an outcome in mind so at the conclusion of therapy, you will be able to identify clearly and concretely what is different for you, such as better quality sleep, less conflict, and improved self-care.
But I won't make assumptions about you. When we first meet, we will keep in context that out of your so many years alive, I will have only known you for one or two hours. So, you are the final expert on your life although I will serve as a coach to help you develop skills that work.
In between sessions, you will be encouraged to practice these new skills and when you come to the next session, you will provide feedback on what worked well for you, what you resisted, and what moved you out of your comfort zone.
Couples counseling differs from individual therapy in that two people are not being treated. Instead, a relationship is being healed. The role of the therapist is to assist in dismantling harmful conflict and offer direction in methods to solving problems which can interfere with intimacy and trust.
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Brenda Henning, MS, LPC