Healthy communication is so important in our relationships, whether it’s with our partner/spouse, friends, family, co-workers or even the sales clerk at the local store. In many situations, especially when our emotions are running high, we often struggle to express what we need or want, causing more conflict and frustration. Learning how to first identify what we need and want and then learning ways to deliver this message to others can be tricky. In a safe therapy setting, you will learn how to do this and practice expressing yourself to others so that you will be heard and have more positive exchanges.
Grief and Loss
Losing a loved one, friend, pet, job, relationship or any other person or thing that meant a lot to you is never easy. The process of grieving is a unique and personal experience for everyone. There isn’t a right or wrong way to mourn, nor is there a specific timetable in which you “will feel better”. Sometimes though, people experience a roadblock in their grieving or maybe they feel like other people in their family or social circle just aren’t getting them and the magnitude of their grief. This is when therapy can help because you will be able to talk and express yourself to a trained individual who will be able to help you through this difficult time.
There are times in our lives when we may feel overwhelmed because it seems like we’ve hit a roadblock and need to make a decision about a job, relationship, or city in which we want to move. These times in our lives are pivotal and being able to process thoughts and feelings with a therapist can help. Many people find that having a place to come and explore feelings during these times, can lead to more self -awareness, growth and guidance to their clearer path.
I put these two concepts together because in my experience I find that when people really learn what makes them feel empowered and ways in which they can begin to advocate for themselves, either by increasing boundaries with others or coming into their true self expression, their self-esteem automatically improves. When our self-esteem improves, well, that’s when the sky really is the limit!
We all get worried from time to time but when the worry doesn’t seem to stop or when it becomes so debilitating that it interferes with daily life and relationships. talking to a therapist can help. A LMFT isn’t a medical doctor, and cannot prescribe medication, but can work with clients to learn ways to identify and manage symptoms of anxiety. In certain cases, a LMFT will refer a client to a physician for a medication evaluation and continue working with the client by using talk therapy and teaching self-soothing techniques that can reduce symptoms.
Symptoms of depression can range from feeling sad, irritable, uninterested, unmotivated, changes in sleeping and eating patterns, feelings of hopeless/helplessness or loss of energy. Some people may even experience thoughts of hurting themselves or dying. Therapy can be very helpful in reducing symptoms of depression by helping people get a better understanding of how their thoughts effect their feelings and behavior. In some cases, a LMFT will refer a client to a physician for a medication evaluation when necessary.