Do you ever ask yourself, why do I need to talk to a mental health professional about my problems when I have my family and friends for support? That is a valid question, and it definitely makes sense to lean on your support system for various reasons and/or challenges that you may be experiencing. However, if you continue to experience unpleasant feelings after talking to your loved ones, that might be the right time to acknowledge a mental health professional may be able to help you feel better. Our professionals can help by offering healthy coping strategies, improving interpersonal relationships, and managing stress or overwhelming feelings.
Individual counseling is an opportunity for individuals to manage negative feelings, heal from trauma, and work on personal growth by working with a qualified mental health professional. Nurturing Connections Counseling offers a safe space with compassionate and caring therapists to support individuals while they express their unpleasant thoughts and emotions, to gain insight about their situation and begin their journey towards feeling better.
Research studies indicate that more individuals focus on their physical health by scheduling annual appointments with their primary care physicals and dentists than they do on their mental health. Trained mental health professionals are available to support individuals with issues such as depression, anxiety, anger, substance abuse, parenting, problems, career changes, life transitions, addictions, and more. Not only does this help the "present self" but can also help build the "future self" by setting short and long-term goals towards developing stronger self-love and self-confidence.
Therapy duration varies on the individual, the presented challenges, and the amount of effort put into sessions as therapy is usually client-driven. Individual therapy is supported by professionals in the field of psychology, whether the client has a serious issue or simply wants to converse with a non-bias listening ear.
Seeking couple's counseling may be a difficult decision for individuals who struggle to accept they need support and guidance from a professional counselor. Historically, the stigma towards engaging in any type of mental health therapy has made it even more difficult to reach out for support. Therefore, many couples decide to just work out their issues on their own...until they recognize that their relationship is at risk of dissolving. At this moment, couple's agree that it may be beneficial to reach out for help from a professional marriage counselor. Couples that decide to participate in couple's counseling are taking a huge step towards healing and feeling happy together again regardless of their perpetual problems. Some couples who take part in therapy are both healthy and happy, however still benefit from additional guidance that leads them to live even more comfortably together. On the other hand, some couples may experience more challenging issues that require more attention. In a nutshell, both types of relationships can arrive at the same outcome through their participation in couple's counseling. This type of support is generally identified in the form of psychotherapy designed to help partners resolve conflicts and/or challenges that result in distressed relationships. Nurturing Connections Counseling utilizes the Gottman Method to assist couples through past hurts, perpetual issues, infidelities, distrust, trauma, addictions, emotional and psychological abuse by learning effective communication styles and compromising.
"Fondness and Admiration are two of the most crucial elements in a rewarding and long-lasting romance. Although happily married couples may feel driven to distraction at times by their partner's personality flaws, they still feel that the person they married is worthy of honor and respect" Dr. John Gottman
Parenting children can be frustrating and challenging, especially when your children demonstrate unruly behavior or misconduct. Think of a time when you have asked your child to complete a task or chore and it's left undone, what emotions do you experience? Most parents more than likely may become angry, frustrated, and disappointed. As children go through their developmental stages, child-rearing may become progressively challenging and result in parents feeling defeated or even question their parenting skills. Through counseling services, parents can benefit from learning effective strategies to strengthen their parent-child relationship and parents' response and/or reaction towards their child's behavior.
In addition, some children's behavior may meet specific criteria's towards a diagnosis of Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), with an onset before the age of 12 causing them to persistently cause serious problems at home, school, or with their peers. It is important to identify this early, request an evaluation from a professional, and begin treatment through parent behavior training or child behavior training depending on the specific situation. It is also key to manage symptoms by promoting healthy behaviors such as engage in physical activities, develop healthy sleep hygiene, establish healthy eating habits, and improve interpersonal familial relationships. Child/Parent therapy provides useful tools, tips, and strategies to support parents who find themselves frustrated with their discipline styles and progress of their child.