Are you overwhelmed? Experiencing anxiety or panic?
Have loved ones suggested that you might benefit from counseling?
Do you have trouble functioning at work or at home?
Are past issues flooding to the surface?
Is your behavior getting the best of you?
It is normal for all of us to answer yes to one or more of these questions at some point in our lives. And, the good news is that the counseling process is designed to provide support and guidance at these critical moments.
Emotions - “I feel awful!”
We face many challenges throughout our life - relationship conflict, betrayals, job changes, death of loved ones, health changes, and family issues - to name just a few. These situations can derail us emotionally, leaving us feeling irritable, depressed, anxious, or overwhelmed. Depression and anxiety can also be caused by childhood abuse or trauma, genetic vulnerability and family history, or biochemistry. Regardless of why you might be feeling emotionally stuck, counseling has been shown to be beneficial and provides a bridge toward healing.
Relationships - “I am troubled by my relationships.”
Relationships have a tremendous impact on us. They have the power to hurt us deeply but can also be a source of strength. When our relationships suffer from conflict and misunderstanding, they can become toxic to our emotional health. Working with a counselor collaboratively to identify your relational patterns can be the beginning of your journey toward healing.
Behaviors - “My behavior is out of control.”
When we are experiencing pain, our natural tendency is to numb the negative feelings. Most of us have a “go to” behavior to block pain - using alcohol or other substances, shopping, isolating, gaming, surfing the internet. These behaviors and others like them steer us away from identifying our feelings and working them through with safe people in our lives. Are numbing behaviors controlling you more than you are controlling them? Are your friends and family asking you to change your behavior? Counseling is uniquely designed to help you identify and change behaviors that are doing more harm than good in your life.
Counseling Can Offer Assistance and Relief
Whether you are hoping for emotional support, relational guidance, or behavioral change, a Journeys therapist will help create a safe, non-judgmental space for you to work on these issues. We have a diverse team of specialists with a wide range of expertise. We work together to customize a treatment plan that is unique to you and your goals. Through compassion and years of experience, Journeys can help reconnect you to your strengths, passions and inner talents to develop your potential, regardless of circumstance or past experiences.
I think I’m ready to contact a therapist, but I still have some concerns:
“I want to set up an appointment, but I am worried about the cost.”
One of the most common questions we receive is related to the cost of therapy. Counseling is a great way for you to invest in yourself and your relationships. There are many ways to make therapy affordable, including adjusting frequency of sessions or submitting receipts to your insurance company for reimbursement. We believe that the time and money invested in a counseling process is well worth the effort and will support you in developing a plan that works for you.
“Is my counselor going to convince me that I need long-term therapy?”
Our general rule of thumb is that short term issues typically require less therapy, while long-standing difficulties may require more treatment. With that said, you will decide with your counselor what works for you. Making decisions about the therapy process is always a collaborative effort, and Journeys counselors are invested in helping you make decisions regarding therapy that are right for you.
We invite you to browse our specialties and read up services, therapists and issues treated here at Journeys. You can click on the suggested therapists to schedule a consultation or check out our team to connect with a therapist that's right for your situation.
We generally recommend scheduling an initial assessment with a Journeys counselor to evaluate your specific needs, as well as determining best options for treatment and more precise answers to the questions you may have about the process. The Journeys team strives to provide you with the best fit professionally, and will happily direct you to the counselor with the best personality, expertise and approach for your needs.
Click on the therapists below to schedule a consultation or check out our team to connect with a therapist that's right for your situation.
Need help? Contact our administrative assistant here with any questions, concerns or to be matched with a therapist that is best suited for you and your family's needs.
Christine Bielinski Dorn, MC, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor