We’ve had years of personal and professional experience to hone our process and understand our craft. Therapy and counseling aren’t mystical or magical. We can start to create change when we follow a specific process to understand our selves, our environment, and what influences us day to day. Our counseling approach takes into account your every day experience as a human being before helping you figure out to manage your mental health.
Here’s how we work differently
1. We learn what’s happening, and we help you learn what’s happening.
Many counseling theories have pre-conceived notions about what’s happening in your inner world. While these can be true, we’re more interested in understanding what you actually experience in your inner world and the relationship between your inner and outer selves. From there, we’ll work with you to help you learn what’s influencing you and what you can do about it.
This frequently happens in reverse – people try to impart wisdom or assumptions, and then learn about you as you go. But it’s hard to openly learn about people when you’ve already made assumptions, no? That’s why we learn first.
2. We tell stories.
We think of our self-beliefs as stories we tell about ourselves. This is important for 2 reasons:
- When something is a story, it’s a moment in time. It’s not a universal truth, like a belief tends to be.
- Stories can be edited, have room for flexibility, can have a different point of view from another narrator, and so on. Most importantly, new stories can be written.
Our counseling incorporates your specific stories, rather than stereotypes of who you are. We base our approach in curiosity rather than assumption.
3. We want to know what’s going right – not just what’s going wrong.
It’s so easy to see what isn’t going well, or what we’re unhappy with. We get hung up on it because we want it to change, dammit!
However, in order to truly know where we want to be going and what change we want, we have to know what’s going right and not just what’s going wrong. We know that understanding what’s working for us sets us in a clearer direction and gives us a sense of what to work toward. We want more of what’s going right, so we need to know what that is!
Ready to learn more about how we work?
It’s easy for us to keep talking about what we believe and love about therapy – but for now, we invite you to reach out and schedule a free 30 minute session with us, so you can see for yourself how our counseling approach makes us effective.