First, if you've decided to reach out to a mental health counselor, pat yourself on the back for how brave you are. It is an act of courage to reach out for help in this way. Not everyone will do this work, and the fact that you are willing to speaks volumes about who you are as a person.
Let's face it, pain is not comfortable. But it does have a purpose. The purpose of pain is to let us know that something's not working right and we need to address it. Absolutely everyone will experience pain in their life. Some people get really good at compensating for their pain and resign to it as a "fact of life." Other people find ways to cope with pain but the coping strategies they choose might make things seem better in the short run but can actually compound problems. Regardless of which category you fall into the fact that you're checking out counseling means you recognize there could be a different way of managing this pain.
The Being Place, PLLC, is an integrative psychotherapy practice. What that means is you are going to be treated with the approach that our mind, body, and spirit are interconnected and that when a person has been affected in one area, the other parts of us are impacted, too. So, therapy will address the three areas. During session, you will have time to talk (or process as counselors like to call it) and then time will be devoted to developing skills to help you in managing pain as it comes up throughout the experience of daily living.
During your time of therapy, you will be practicing skills. One of the very first things you will want to have available is a notebook and pen. This journal will be where you write down your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors so you can grow in awareness of your patterns. The other tools you will use include your intuition and imagination. We will show you how to access these two powerful forces within.
And the final tools you will use are: