There are many reasons why people come to counseling. Sometimes you "have to" because your current coping strategies are not working, or you have had long-standing problems such as anxiety or depression that you can no longer ignore. You may have been encouraged to seek professional help by someone who is concerned about your recent behavior.
Other times it is in response to a crisis or life transition; you may feel overwhelmed in making decisions and need more tools and guidance to help you cope. Counseling can help you address many types of issues including depression, anxiety, conflict, grief, stress management and general life transitions. By working with a counselor you can gain the support, encouragement and specific strategies for dealing with life's challenges that you need.
Some of the benefits from counseling:
- Manage anger, grief, depression, and other emotions
- Learn new ways to cope with stress and anxiety
- Resolution to issues or concerns that hold you back
- A better understanding of yourself, your goals and values
- Improve self-esteem and confidence
Counseling can provide you a fresh perspective on difficult problems and help you develop enhanced coping strategies with the best solutions.
I can help if you are struggling with:
- Prolonged depression (sadness or irritability)
- Feelings of extreme highs and lows
- Excessive fears, worries and anxieties
- Inability to cope with daily problems and activities
- Social withdrawal
- Strong feelings of anger
- Suicidal thoughts
- Substance abuse
"Dan has been really helpful. He is great at giving applicable and practical advice as well as tools to learn from. He helped me apply what we worked on, and held me accountable, which seemed to matter the most in reaching my personal and professional goals. Highly recommend!"
~ Coaching Client
"Dan has been awesome. He’s very responsive and I feel like he understands my situation. He helps me look at things from a different perspective and gives me tools to overcome my challenges. Just knowing that someone cares is huge, but he goes above and beyond that and keeps me focused on the future as well as on the steps I need to take to get there."
~ Counseling Client
"I am dealing with my job and in my relationship. Dan has been helping me through some of my toughest times to get a better understanding of my core issues and I feel great talking with him. Hope things turn around for me but I am getting a better outlook thanks to these sessions."
~ Counseling Client
Why go to Counseling?
When someone has a fever, nausea or persistent cough they don’t ignore these symptoms - they intervene right away to make sure it does not get worse. However, when dealing with a mental health concern, many people find it hard for them to seek assistance. They may feel stuck in an internal struggle, refusing to acknowledge, or may be unaware of the signs and symptoms and the impact it is having on their life. Some common beliefs that can prevent someone from getting help:
“I hope it will go away.”
“I should be able to handle this on my own.”
“What will others think if I admit that I need help?”
A person may feel stuck in an internal struggle, refusing to acknowledge, or see the the impact it is having on their life. Most people think they can easily change their own thinking and behavior, but find it can be difficult during a time of crisis. Some other reasons people avoid seeking help and treatment:
“I’m scared to reach out or ask for help.”
“I don’t know where to go or how to start.”
“It’s hopeless. Nothing can help me.”
If these persistent symptoms and impairments continue, they become stronger, and negative coping patterns may develop such as avoidance, loss of interest and activities, or addictions, creating a vicious cycle. Performance at work or school will become more difficult, and keeping up daily activities and personal responsibilities become harder and harder.
Mental health conditions are not only common, but they are treatable. Acting as soon as you are aware of your own symptoms will provide you the best outcomes. The mind and body are intricately connected; there can be no health until you take care of your mental health. Evidence has shown that early mental health treatment is strongly related to the improvement of many other problems including diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and obesity, as well as many high risk behaviors such as physical inactivity, smoking, excessive drinking, and insufficient sleep.
You convinced me this is serious …Now What?
Hopefully this is your turning point, when you stop thinking about getting help and take some action, but it is totally up to you. Counseling is about identifying and making fundamental changes in the way you live your life and relate to those around you. Making significant changes requires hard work, but the rewards can be enormous.
Free Online Consultation
I offer a complementary consultation to see how counseling might help. The purpose of the consultation is so we can discuss your current situation, and to make sure I can help you. Whether you need just a few sessions or several over a longer period of time, the benefits of counseling can provide you real, lasting changes in the life that you want to live.
If you use your healthcare insurance, I am considered an out of network provider.