People go to individual counseling for a variety of reasons, but the overall reaching goal is to feel better and to make good choices for their life. Negative feelings and behaviors can be the result of confusion, past issues influencing thoughts and actions currently, a stressful life adjustment, or it can have other causes. No matter what the cause, there is someone to help you sort through things and teach you tools to help yourself in the future. Friends and family are great supports, but they may not be the best to help you solve the problem you may be facing.
You will meet with your therapist and work together to sort out the issues you would like to address. You will create goals together to work on those issues. It’s vital that you be honest and open with your therapist, no matter how you feel about the issue; your therapist will not judge you or the problem. The therapist is there to help guide you in understanding yourself better and help you create solutions to overcome obstacles. It’s important to realize that therapy can take several sessions depending on your unique situation.
It can help you adjust to a life change, such as a loss, a new job, or new relationship. Therapy can help you find direction for your life if you feel limited, lost or confused. It can address specific items like depression, anxiety, or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Therapy can also help you manage your relationships more effectively, and you can learn to set healthy limits with your loved ones, social commitments, or your job. Therapy can help you overcome self-limiting beliefs that keep you from achieving your dreams. It can also help you feel empowered in your life to make difficult decisions to experience more joy and freedom in life.
Trauma can create different effects in different people, and when the person has effects from direct trauma or witnessing a traumatic event, they may be diagnosed with PTSD. The symptoms can range from emotional disturbances, sleep disturbance due to dreams, to how they reacts to others in their life. One treatment approach for those individuals suffering from the effects of trauma is EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).
EMDR works to address past memories in connection with current issues while helping to create positive future. EMDR typically is completed through eight phases of treatment designed to assist your brain in digesting and appropriately storing the trauma. The EMDR process will help the trauma become something you experienced, but it will no longer affect your daily life. As part of EMDR, you will learn techniques to manage any future emotional disturbance quickly and easily.
If you’re in the Sacramento, CA area and unsure about individual therapy, please contact Lauren Lowe today. She can briefly discuss your unique situation and explain how treatment can benefit your life.