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Frequently Asked Questions

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How can I know if therapy is for me?

Sometimes things happen in life that hold us back. Maybe a dysfunctional or traumatic childhood is impacting your life as an adult. You may be experiencing overwhelming or persistent negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviors or negative patterns in your relationships. Problems in your significant relationships, family issues, career problems, grief and loss, life changes, low self esteem, anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress--any number of situations, issues, and problems can cause someone to need help. If you feel bad more than you feel good, you could likely benefit from therapy.

Therapy sessions are a safe place for you to talk about the problems, relationships, and issues in your life that are causing you to feel unhappy. Our job is to help you figure out how to resolve those issues in the best way for you. We will never tell you what to do--your life is yours--but we will help you in every way that we can to find your own answers to get the results that you need in your life. Sessions are usually 60 minutes, though longer sessions can be requested. Initially, weekly sessions are the most helpful; sometimes more frequent sessions are needed if a client is experiencing a crisis situation. They don't call therapy "work" for nothing--it can be hard to resolve an emotionally painful history or experience. The end result is SO worth it, though. Successful therapy can result in you feeling that 1000 pound monkey is off your back and free you up to live a good life with contentment and joy.

Therapy can help you in many ways. Sometimes just having an objective listener to talk to, who listens without judgement, can be a huge relief. We can give you another way of looking at whatever you are dealing with or give you ideas or concepts to think about to help you gain insight about the problem and possible solutions. We can also provide psychoeducation that might help you figure out your own behavior or the behavior of others in your life. Generally, the more motivated you are and the more effort you put into applying the concepts learned and discovered in therapy, the greater the benefit to you. Therapy can help you:

  • Develop a better understanding of yourself and others

  • Clarify what you want for your life and how to get it

  • Resolve issues or problems that are causing you to feel unhappy or dissatisfied

  • Improve your relationships and increase intimacy in your significant relationships

  • Learn to better manage daily stress and serious life stressors, changes and transitions

  • Learn to decrease and better cope with negative feelings such as anger, sadness, anxiety, etc.

  • Recognize and change patterns of behavior that are negatively impacting your life

  • Improve problem solving and conflict management skills

  • Improve self-esteem and increase confidence in yourself

  • Develop healthy personal boundaries for yourself and others

  • Develop a more positive, joyful life experience

Growing Hope Counseling fee schedule, accepted insurances, and other cost and insurance-related information can be found on our Costs and Insurance page

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