Connecting to your feelings is essential to your happiness and ability to maintain relationships. However, when you experience negative feelings, you may feel discomfort, shame or guilt. As a result, you may avoid experiencing them by using strategies such as acting out, self-criticism or withdrawing. However, the longer you avoid or repress your feelings, the more likely you are to experience debilitating anxiety or depression. Rather than avoiding your feelings and thoughts, let’s work together to identify and explore them so you can find clarity and relief.
What should I expect?
During our initial sessions, we will identify what is currently troubling you. We’ll discuss your symptoms, triggers and their causes. Are you feeling anxious or depressed? Are you having conflict with your significant other or at work? Initially, we will meet weekly so we can both understand what is happening to you at a deep level, establish goals and a plan. I invite you to experience the feelings in session rather than solely discussing these in an intellectual manner. I also invite you to pay attention to how your body feels as you describe a situation to help increase self-awareness.
Success of therapy depends mainly on these factors:
- The quality of the relationship between you and your therapist (therapeutic alliance).
- Your ability to be open about your thoughts and feelings and experience those feelings in the session.
- Your ability to commit to your therapy and be consistent.