Are you wondering if you should obtain individual counseling? Maybe you feel helpless or hopeless about something in your life, and need a little help getting unstuck and moving forward. Anna can help!
Individual therapy is available to persons of all ages and can help you overcome any personal obstacle. There is not a person alive today who does not face some type of challenge — it may be general anxiety, social anxiety, depression, grief, difficulty in dealing with something which happened in the past, or so much more.
The truth of the matter is that obstacles present themselves in all different types of forms and fashions. Solutions to overcoming these obstacles are always available but are not always apparent. This is where individual therapy can help- Anna can help you look at matters from a different perspective, professionally assess the situation and then provide guidance and strategies to help you rise above the obstacles you face.
When working with individuals, Anna uses an eclectic approach to meet the unique needs of each client. Anna often uses attachment modalities to complement and inform behavioral modalities, such as Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
EFT is a well-known humanistic approach developed in tandem with the science of adult attachment, a profound developmental theory of personality and intimate relationships. This science has expanded understanding of individual dysfunction and health as well as the nature of love relationships and family bonds. Attachment views human beings as innately relational, social and wired for intimate bonding with others. The EFT model prioritizes emotion and emotional regulation as the key organizing agents in individual experience and key relationship interactions.
How can EFT help?
EFT therapy can help to rebuild mutual trust and create a closer bond with your partner. With the guidance of a couple’s therapist, there are three stages of emotionally focused therapy you can employ.
1. The first step is to work on identifying key concerns and how negative interaction patterns escalate into conflict. Your therapist works with you both to identify any hidden fears and emotions that are impairing your connection and helps you re-frame them.
2. Guided by your therapist, you and your partner work to change your patterns of interaction. As a couple, you work on expressing yourself as well as accepting each other’s emotions and needs. Also, you both receive coaching from the therapist, couples “homework”, and guidance regarding discussion of topics that trigger conflict in the relationship.
3. During the third stage of EFT, your therapist shares tools on how to better communicate with one another. Again, you’ll practice these skills outside of the therapy session to gain more experience using them, noticing and sharing in future sessions their effect on the health of your relationship.
CBT is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on modifying dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and thoughts by interrogating and uprooting negative or irrational beliefs.
CBT is considered a “solutions-oriented” form of talk therapy, and rests on the idea that thoughts and perceptions influence behavior. CBT particularly explores the conflicts between what we want to do and what we actually do.
How can CBT help?
CBT is effective with a diverse set of client concerns:
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
- Bipolar Disorder
- Eating Disorders
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
CBT can help you:
- Identify problems more clearly
- Develop awareness of automatic thoughts
- Challenge false underlying assumptions
- Distinguish between facts and irrational thoughts
- Understand how past experience can affect present feelings and beliefs
- Stop fearing the worst
- See a situation from a different perspective
- Establish attainable goals
- Stop taking the blame for everything
- Focus on how things are rather than how they think they should be
- Face your fears rather than avoid them
- Better understand other people’s actions and motivations
- Describe, accept, and understand rather than judge yourself or others
You’ve gotten this far! You don’t have to wait to feel better. We know that is takes tremendous courage and brave vulnerability to reach out, and it is our mission to help those in our community achieve the life and goals they desire by providing evidence-based therapy practices proven to bring about successful outcomes.
When you’re faced with feelings or experiences that are challenging, frightening, or overwhelming, remember that asking for help means you care enough about yourself to increase the likelihood that things will work out in your favor by getting the support you deserve.