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Sunday, May 29, 2011

In Need of a Change

You may be wondering, "What exactly is counseling?" or "Is counseling for everyone?" Before we talk about what counseling is, let's first determine what counseling is not. First of all, counseling does not mean you are crazy or you get a Go Directly to the Psych Hospital Card Without Passing Go. It also does not mean you are weak or damaged. Furthermore, it does not mean that you will be analyzed by your counselor when you come for counseling either.

So what does counseling mean? It means you and your counselor develop a relationship, and then you can safely begin to work through the issues you are dealing with without being criticized or judged. It can offer you a new perspective and help you express your feelings openly. You can learn to develop communication skills to deal with conflict as well. Also, it can help you deal with the painfulness of your past by working through the loss or hurt you have experienced. Counseling empowers individuals to courageously face their fears and work through those stuck places in their lives.

You may come to counseling for advice, but a counselor will help you to work through your experiences. Counseling allows you to develop more positive ways of dealing with the obstacles in your life. Your thoughts and feelings can be heard and understood by another person. Through this process, you use your own inner resources to change your circumstances.

Long term benefits can be developed from counseling as well. Counseling can help you become more resilient emotionally and manage stress more effectively.

With this being said, I believe counseling is for everyone. No matter how big or small the life circumstance is you are dealing with, counseling can help you be heard and aid you in making your life the best it can be.

Now take a moment and ask yourself, "Do I need a change?"

Friday, May 20, 2011

What's in a Name?

First of all, I want to thank you for visiting my site. I am hoping you will get something out of it each time you visit here. If there is something you need, please feel free to comment, and I will try my best to help out in whatever way I can. My hope is that you find some encouragement in this blog.

Now, you may be wondering why I chose to name my blog as it is, "Meet Me Where You Are." First off, I have to thank my sister-in-law for helping me choose a name. Furthermore, as a counselor, I meet people where they are in order to help them grow as a person. So all I ask of you when coming to my site, is just meet me wherever it is you are in life. You cannot grow or improve yourself if you are not being your true self to begin with. Celebrate who you are without trying to be someone you are not. So, meet me here, but meet me where you are.

This blog is intended for you to celebrate yourself, but my hope is that you will learn something about yourself along the way as well. The posts may not be limited to counseling, but you will see throughout this blog that my passion in helping others grow and improve their well-being.

My counseling practice includes working with children, adolescents, parenting, individuals, couples, and families, so you can expect to see all of these topics addressed in these entries. I hope you will enjoy, and I hope you learn along the way also.

I hope you join me through this journey of life as you Meet Me Where You Are.