What is individual counseling?
Adult therapy is important for an individual to have a safe space to explore their experiences, interactions and beliefs. It allows for a space where the client can explore what it feels like to say and feel without judgment.
Therapy is an experience with another person. Unlike books, podcasts, seminars, etc, therapy is a relational experience. Relationships have significant meaning because of what they bring up for us and how we relate to and experience one another. The therapeutic relationship is healing because of the nature and role of the therapist, an unbiased, neutral party who can speak to their experience of the client.
How do I know I need counseling?
What life circumstances might necessitate counseling?
Change in eating habits
Change in fatigue
Change in motivation
Significant life transitions
Thoughts of self harm
Somatic experience - sleep, appetite, pain
Types of counseling include:
This involves creating language to express the trauma, exploring and processing, identifying the feelings and how the body feels when talking about it and learning techniques to soothe the body sensations after awareness is brought to them. Trauma therapy creates a safe space to feel the weight of the trauma, which may include experiencing sadness in session, as well as creating consistency and safety within the therapy "container." It involves processing through complex emotions and using strength-based approaches to help soothe and heal. Family systems theory and techniques will be used to process childhood/family trauma.
Mindfulness activities are utilized often, creating practice to help you ground yourself so that you then can begin to soothe the anxiety or explore what part you have control over. Therapists use reflection to help elicit and deepen the experience of anxiety/depression in session. The use of mindfulness techniques helps to separate thoughts, emotions, and body experiences.
Grief counseling is different for each client, but therapy can create a safe container for you to explore your emotions; to be angry, sad, confused, defeated, happy. It also creates a space for you to be fully yourself and to feel all your feelings without judgment or criticism. It involves reflecting and processing experiences and feelings.
Mental health therapy
This is all about connecting mind, body, and soul.
What can I expect from counseling?
The therapist will go over confidentiality, informed consent, and the logistics of appointment length and policies. They will also discuss their approach to therapy, build rapport, and create a space for you to tell them about yourself, your story, where you grew up, any past counseling experiences, and your hopes and expectations for counseling.
Techniques may include:
Feelings identification and exploration
Adult therapy at Mindful Counseling is long term. Weekly appointments are recommended in order to build rapport and trust between you and your therapist. There is typically a catalyst for you to begin therapy, but you have had years of experiences and interactions that have shaped who you are and your beliefs. Therapy is a great place to begin to process those interactions and experiences and to develop an understanding of where beliefs about yourself and others came from and if they need to be adjusted or processed.
What makes Mindful Counseling different?
Mindful Counseling takes a relational approach. All therapists have significant experience working with adults within their internships (4-8 month span of time), have been supervised in their graduate programs, and continue to set time aside for supervision with each other. They continue their education with reading, research, and conferences. Supervision provides a space to explore and learn from others. Also, many therapists participate in their own therapy to ensure that they are able to take their clients to places that they need in order to heal and their own "stuff" is not hindering the process, as well as to know what it is like to be the "client."