Until very recently, going to therapy meant there was something “wrong” with you.
Today, functional, mentally healthy people go to therapy or counseling to work on many different types of issues. For instance, a person might be unhappy in a relationship and not know why or what to do about it. That person might initially go to a therapist considering some brief, cognitive, behavioral counseling. After several sessions they might have worked through the problem and terminate therapy with a better understanding of the problem and with a plan or course of action to follow.
Another person with the same issue might discover that their unhappiness with their relationship is a symptom of a larger, more pervasive problem such as lack of a sense of self or an inability to take themselves seriously or they might fear conflict which keeps them locked into undesirable roles or relationships. That person might have a hard time believing they deserve to get their needs and desires met, instead living chameleon like, changing to adapt to situations or other people’s needs. They could suffer from severe low self-esteem, fear of conflict, and other deeper core issues stemming from childhood when they were not properly parented, abused, or neglected. That person might decide to work in long-term therapy so deeper psychodynamic issues can be resolved.
Gradually, the stigma of psychological issues and even severe mental illness is lessening. More and more people are experiencing richer, more rewarding lives because of the benefits of psychotherapy whether short or long term. Although I have an office and do offer in-office therapy, I do not offer online therapy. I offer coaching and support using techniques I have developed during seventeen years as a therapist.
People who suffer from more severe mental illnesses often have secondary issues such as insecurity and anxiety interacting and communicating with others, organizing one’s household to function around one’s particular needs, or learning how to handle the stress of daily living in more organized and efficient ways. You need to be under the care of a psychiatrist for your medication and overall monitoring, and you might need in-office therapy as well.
If you do not have a major mental illness but find you cannot communicate with others effectively, or do not know how to get your needs met in a relationship, or cannot stick up for yourself at home or work, or have had a series of failed relationships or have not been able to establish a meaningful, significant relationship, or are in a life transition such as divorce, or have a relationship issue that you just cannot resolve on your own, you might benefit from online phone coaching and support.
Through online coaching and support I can help you learn how to communicate effectively, to get your needs in a relationship or work situation met, to problem solve in situations that normally leave you feeling frustrated and alone. I can help you learn to stay focused and organized to maximize career success. I can coach you as you find and keep a meaningful significant relationship. If you have had a recent loss and need support, I can be available in the time increments you need. If you wish to maximize your awareness of your unique potential and live the life you imagine but cannot quite realize, I offer daily, weekly, bi-weekly coaching, and support.