My Approach to Helping
Within a caring and supportive therapeutic relationship, I work with clients to develop greater self-awareness, self-acceptance, and resilience.
It takes courage to start your journey towards healing. Sometimes early experiences, especially those that are painful or traumatic, follow us into the present and influence the way we feel about ourselves and the ways we relate to others. You may struggle to let your guard down and truly connect with others, whether it's an intimate partner or just friends. You may feel stuck in a failing relationship, difficult family situation, a bad job. Or you may feel you walk through life wearing a mask, unable to find lasting happiness. You are not who you want to be. Sadness, shame, and guilt hold you back from the life you want.
You are not alone. Together, we will explore your feelings, your circumstances, and your options. Our sessions will be safe spaces, full of empathy and devoid of judgment - where you can bring your true thoughts and feelings to our work together. Opening the door to fully expressing yourself is an important step toward healing and growth. Together we will work through issues and set goals to move towards a happier life. Ultimately my clients feel better about themselves, better about their relationships, and have a renewed sense of purpose and fulfillment.
More Info About My Practice
I serve clients in both Delaware and Pennsylvania. I offer in-person appointments as well as video and phone sessions. My office is conveniently located in the Pike Creek area on Limestone Road and Linden Hill. Visit my website for more information: https:www.terryramseycounseling.com
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
I believe in the healing power of being truly heard and deeply understood. Having been through my own therapy journey, I know what it feels like to be on both sides of the therapy chair. I know the vulnerability and trust it takes to work with a therapist, and I have a deep respect for clients that allow me to be part of their journey.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
A therapist should be someone you feel safe with and comfortable talking to. Is the person warm, supportive, respectful? Do they create a safe space to talk about difficult topics? A client should feel they can raise any topic they choose, and be met with compassion and empathy. A good therapeutic relationship is essential for therapy to feel beneficial. If after a couple of sessions, your "gut" tells you the therapist is not a good fit, you owe it to yourself to continue looking. It's okay to interview one or several, until you find the therapist that's right for you.
What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process
Sometimes people feel uncertain about therapy. Whether or not it's right for them, or can help. Someone might feel they don't "deserve" to be in therapy because they are not in crisis. Yet these individuals know intuitively that something is missing from their lives. There's an emptiness they can't shake, and a lingering sadness all the time. Alternatively, some individuals feel so hurt and hopeless they doubt that any amount of talking could ever "fix" them. I believe therapy can be helpful for everyone. It's more about finding the right kind of therapist and the right kind of therapy. There are different therapeutic approaches that lend themselves to different types of issues. My theoretical approach is attachment-oriented, insight-focused talk therapy. Collaboratively, clients and I work to find meaning in how their past informs their present. We look for patterns and connections so that change can happen.