Humans do not live in a vacuum. What is occurring around the client is just as important as what is happening within the client because both influence each other. I focus on helping my clients better understand themselves and the ways in which they think so that they can make decisions that lead to happier lives.
When You Should Be Concerned About Your Mental Health
Realistically, we cannot be happy all of the time; it is not possible given the complexity of humans and of our existing world. We naturally have mood fluctuations that can be caused by internal or external dilemmas or a combination of both, but for some, those mood fluctuations may be more extreme. I want my clients to understand that having periods of sadness, anger, or other negative emotions is entirely normal for every person, but if you are struggling with extreme emotions, it is completely acceptable to seek help for these difficult times in life. So how do you know when you need help? That decision is ultimately up to you, but some important warning signs that indicate you should seek help include:
- Feeling sad or down most of the time
- Excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt
- Intense and often sudden mood changes
- Social isolation from friends and family
- Confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate
- Exhaustion or fatigue all of the time
- Problems with sleep (either too much or too little)
- Trouble understanding and relating to situations and to people
- Struggling to function in daily life
- Noticeable fluctuations in your weight
- Issues with addiction
- Extreme changes in your sex drive
- Anger, hostility, or the desire to commit violence
- Suicidal thinking
- Detachment from reality (delusions), paranoia, or hallucinations
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If you are currently struggling with your mental health, message me to schedule a short consultation to see if you could benefit from therapy or life coaching. If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide and need immediate help, call the hotline below.
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What You Should Expect at the First Session
During your first session, I will begin learning about you, allowing you to share only what you are comfortable with. I know it can be odd sharing intimate details of your life, so don’t feel pressured to dive into the difficult subjects during our first session. Mainly, I want to gain an understanding of your needs and whether I am the person to guide you during your journey to mental wellness.
I consider the client–counselor relationship to be the most important part of therapy and life coaching. If my clients do not trust me, then they will not share with me. The client and I must contribute to the therapeutic and life coaching process for it to be successful. Though listening is certainly one of my most important tools that I use as a therapist and life coach, I do seek to engage in conversations with my clients to better know them and so that they may better know themselves.
I pull from several therapeutic theories and approaches for counseling and life coaching. Some of the methods I most often use include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), humanistic therapy, feminist therapy, mindfulness-based therapy, and person-centered therapy. I use several different theories and methods to create individualized treatment plans to address the main mental health, behavioral, and functional concerns of clients. In addition, I incorporate my client’s feedback regarding their treatment plan and adjust the plan as needed to align with the client’s capabilities. Each client progresses at their own pace, and even a small step forward is an improvement worth recognition.