I work with adults and adolescents who want to change unhelpful habits, patterns of behavior. It’s important to bring some level of motivation for change, however small. Even if you are dragging yourself in the door or were urged to seek assistance, that’s enough for us to start with. I have helped people achieve change when they didn’t even think it was possible. Here is an excerpt from an email I received from a client two years after our work together.
“I feel really good about the fact that I have maintained this change for two years now! More importantly, because of the work we did, I have really changed my thinking. I have taken judgement and self-critical thinking out of the equation almost entirely. I still use the tools daily, which helps me track where I am and keep me on the path. I haven’t completely gotten rid of the negative voice, but when it comes up, I don’t take it too seriously! So, seriously–thank you Michelle. You really helped me make a lifelong change that has made, and will continue to make, such a difference.”
One of the questions I’ve heard is, “Why would I see a therapist? I’m not crazy.” No, you’re not. But you have a habit or pattern of behavior that, for one reason or another, you haven’t been able to change. In working together I will ask you to think about yourself, to pay attention to your feelings and thoughts, and to bring to the journey an open mind and heart. Cognitive Behavior Therapy is action-oriented and involves some effort on your part. You will be taught to monitor your thoughts and behaviors and, if you agree they would be helpful, to complete assignments between our visits. As always, we will move at a pace at which you feel comfortable, making changes and adding new habits when you’re ready.
Problems don’t exist in a vacuum. We can work toward a greater understanding of your relationships, family history, work/education issues, life-lessons and difficulties and any other psychological or social factors impacting the issue that brings you to therapy.