You Don’t Have to Continue to Suffer
If you are looking around here, you probably have been under pressure for some time. You most likely are seeking some help to work out a personal problem and re-take control of your life. Many people find that help through individual therapy. If excessive substance use, primary addiction, secondhand addiction (also sometimes called codependency), or related mental health conditions are causing you distress and interfering with your normal activities, then now is the time to seek individual therapy.
Individual therapy with a professionally trained counselor can help you to:
- Explore your beliefs, feelings, and behaviors
- Provide specific strategies or techniques for changing your negative beliefs, unwanted thoughts, and challenging behaviors
- Identify the underlying causes of your symptoms of distress
- Work through your challenging or influential memories or events
- Increase your positive feelings such as gratitude, compassion, self-esteem, love, courage, and peace
- Facilitate permanent lifestyle changes
The first step in individual therapy is for you and the therapist to get to know each other. Building a relationship will ensure trust and provide an environment that allows for personal growth. The second step will be to help you identify the goals you seek to accomplish. Then, using research driven effective methods, your counseling sessions will involve learning new information, active discussions, skills practice, and homework assignments that will encourage positive growth and life changes.
Lorraine Bockman is an experienced therapist who understands what it’s like to be where you are now
I have worked as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Addictions Counselor for over 20 years. In that time, I’ve provided a lot of individual therapy for people just like you AND I have sought therapy myself.
I understand how intimidating it feels to ask for help. I want to assure you that you don’t need to go through this process alone – I’ll walk beside you every step of the way. And if you have questions or concerns, I’ll be happy to explain it, without making you feel stupid for asking.
As your therapist, I will:
- Provide a safe, caring, and confidential environment
- Treat you like an individual, whole person with all your thoughts, beliefs, feelings and experiences
- Be impartial, a good listener, and genuinely have your best interests at heart
- Give you tools and strategies to help you overcome the challenges you are facing
- Support you in learning and practicing the skills you need to move forward in your life
This will not be an easy process. You may learn things about yourself that are painful. Learning and consistently implementing new skills can be difficult. And, for counseling to be most effective, it is important that you take an active role in the process, are honest with yourself and the therapist, that you do the assigned homework, and that you practice your new skills outside the therapy sessions.
If you are willing to do the work, I can promise you that together, we can help you take the next step you need to get your life back on track
You might not be ready to commit to working with me right now…
If you’re not ready to get in touch with an individual therapist quite yet, that’s totally OK. The truth is that the decision about who you’ll work with to make permanent life changes is a big one. I generally don’t recommend you make it without doing some research first.
For example, you might want to find out more about:
- Me and my journey into the counseling profession
- My experience and qualifications
- My approach to working with clients
And of course, if you have any specific questions, please just ask. I’d be happy to answer them.
If you are ready to move forward and seek individual therapy, get in touch. Whatever your reason for needing individual therapy, I can help.