Therapy is for healing, recovery, and growth. Are you preparing for "good" changes, but feel stressed? Is there trauma or past experiences nagging at your mind, emotions, or spirit? Are your relationships causing severe pain? Does the past or the future hijack the present? Maybe you're trying to understand your child or a loved one with mental illness. Is there a decision you go in circles about?
Or maybe you have symptoms like these:
Sexually stunted or overactive
Addiction/Addictive behaviors or "grabbing at what doesn't fulfill"
Isolating from others
HARD to make decisions
Not enjoying what once was enjoyable
Crying at inopportune times
Not able to be responsible
Reacting instead of making choices
Overall feeling: low energy, blah, low self care, haven't laughed in far too long
Emotional storms frequent
All of our systems work together. We are not pieces and parts. Our body affects our mind affects our energy levels affects? The connections between all of our parts can break down. Pain OR change shocks the connection. Together we work to restore the connection. Together, we unlock your future.
*Individually, In Group Therapy, or Couples/Marriage Counseling (to include same-sex, interracial, and interreligious couples)
** Dual Masters: Professional Counseling & Christian Psychological Studies. The latter for therapy & healing from toxic religious experiences (including sexual abuse) and spiritual exploration.
or Call Claire Horner, LPC at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 24489
My Role as a Therapist
What is my role? Honestly, it is to know when to hold your hand and when to kick your butt. To ask the right questions. To partner with you to walk around the unknown or difficult parts of yourself with a flashlight, so you don't do it alone. To assist you to access the expert you already are for your life. For couples, I would add the role of translator. We rarely mean the same thing with the SAME WORDS as our partner.
I am here to unlock a more satisfying future WITH YOU!
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
People come to therapy for a range of reasons. Personal growth, insight, crisis. Each level requires its own level of commitment. Then there are the realities of money and time. Yes, I said it. Ultimately, it is up to you.
Here are my general recommendations:
If you are in crisis, chances are good 2 times per week for a month will help you stabilize. This includes couples.
If you are in pain and tired of your life not working, once a week can provide relief, work on symptoms, and time to work on small shifts that lead to big change.
If you are in "personal growth" mode and wanting to evaluate patterns in your life, every other week might be good enough. This leaves you time to allow for natural opportunities to raise your awareness and respond differently, then come back to assess. "This worked, this didn't..."
If you have reached most of your goals, but want to keep the growth active, "check-in" appointments once a month or once a quarter or even annually are excellent. Just like you would with your physician, trainer, or financial advisor.
There are couples I've seen for years, but they determine when they need to come in if they get stuck. They work on that new issue a few sessions, often find resolution, and move on with their lives.