Why Counseling?
Signs of Psychological Distress
such as mood instability (overwhelming anger or sadness or difficulty feeling anything at all), trouble sleeping, eating healthily, or taking good care of oneself [all of which may indicate a degree of depression]; general tendency to worry, feelings of agitation, persistent obsessing in thoughts or compulsions (repetitions) in behavior, or episodes of acute panic [all of which may indicate a degree of anxiety]; mood cycling (or shifting) between states of elation and high energy/activity and states of discouragement or hopelessness and low energy/activity [which may indicate the presence of a bipolar disorder].  The most successful treatment of any of the above psychological and nervous system disorders requires the combination of physical (traditional and/or alternative medical) and emotional (psychotherapeutic) intervention for long-lasting healing to take place.  Your counselor can work closely with such healthcare professionals to provide coordination of treatment and facilitate the best possible outcome for you or your loved one.

Existential/Spiritual Growth
Unexplained feelings of emptiness, longing, loneliness, or lack of satisfaction with life despite outer success may point to soul questioning and spiritual hunger which, although more difficult to pinpoint, are signs of unmet  human needs and growth potential that are equally important to the more outer and overtly painful issues mentioned above.  Mindful exploration of these inner signals within the context of your own worldview and life journey can help bring about greater serenity, fulfillment, and sense of purpose in your life.


People seek counseling and psychotherapy from a licensed mental health professional for a variety of reasons.  Friends, family members,  and others can often lend a listening ear and offer sincere and well-meaning advice, but at some times in our lives we need to turn to a skilled clinician who is both empathic and objective,  a step outside of our life circle, in order to obtain the deep listening and clear support necessary for true healing and positive change to occur.

The counseling process involves a confidential dialogue between the client and the therapist, who has been trained to listen carefully with an open mind and heart to the person's concerns, facilitate exploration of the obvious as well as the underlying dynamics and causes of the issues, and support the individual in reaching a greater degree of health, life satisfaction, and personal growth.


Some common concerns which bring individuals, couples, and families into a counselor's office to seek such help include the following:


Adjustment to Life's Difficulties
such as reorienting after a recent move; coping with stress regarding work or school; facing upcoming decisions to be made; exploring communication and intimacy problems in close partner and marriage relationships; obtaining emotional support related to fertility concerns, pregnancy and postpartum periods; seeking help with parenting challenges; adjusting to recent changes in relationship status; addressing past childhood abuse issues; dealing with the aftermath of a recent trauma; and coping with the grief of
loss.