Having Difficulty with Relationships?
Are you struggling with forming close and meaningful relationships with others? Do you fear making yourself vulnerable or do you have difficulty trusting others? Is your dating life or committed relationship disheartening, unsatisfying, or non-existent? If you’re having trouble with this area of your life, it might be helpful to speak to a therapist who can understand you and help you start making the choices that will get you the relationships you want.
Relationships are a lot of work, and it can be very demoralizing to sit around ruminating on this idea of “what’s wrong with me?” Instead, in therapy you can talk through issues that you have been struggling with both personally and in interpersonal situations, get feedback, practice new strategies, and gain the confidence you need to go after the relationships that are most meaningful to you.
So often individuals get bogged down by thoughts about themselves, or thoughts about what everyone else might or does think about them. Unfortunately, more often than not, none of those thoughts are helpful, and instead we get stuck in a pattern of trying to appease or get rid of them; meanwhile, life keeps passing by. This is why now is the time to do something different and take committed action in the direction you want.
Why else might therapy be beneficial?
Maybe you don’t feel like you have an anxiety disorder, but you still think you want to speak to a therapist. Fortunately, my approach of using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) can help you with a variety of presenting concerns including depression, stress, grief and loss, and transition. With each of these issues, as well as those not specifically listed, therapy can help you gain a different perspective on your thoughts, feelings, emotions, and actions, in order to change your behavior to be more values consistent.
This means instead of letting “negative” or painful feelings keep you stuck in bed, stuck in a boring job, or “unable” to move on after the loss of a loved one, you learn how to both have the feelings AND take the action you want toward a meaningful life. As your therapist, I help you figure out where you are getting stuck, how to make room for and talk about those painful feelings, thoughts, and memories, and how to take active steps toward your values. Read more under “My Approach” to find out more about how this works, and call or email today for a free consultation!