If you are thinking about entering into psychotherapy, you might be wondering what the process will be like. Many people are worried about being judged or shamed for the way they think and feel, or being treated like an incompetent when actually they are highly functioning in many areas of life. A lot of times people in our highly individualistic culture have gotten the idea that it isn’t ok to want or need help.
But we are an interdependent species, and we all lean on each other for one thing or another. You might think about the therapy process like going through a hedge maze: when you’re lost in it, it looks like nothing but high green walls that you can’t get around. But from another perspective, such as a bird’s-eye view, a different person might be able to see that you need to make two lefts and a right.
It’s not about being psychic or all-knowing, it’s just about having a different view. Friends and family can’t really help the same way because by definition you are in the hedge maze together; they are deeply invested in your life and you are deeply invested in theirs. Additionally, friends and family are not likely to have the extensive training needed to know the best approaches to various issues from a scientifically validated perspective.
Monarch Wellness therapists are skilled at helping people dealing with all sorts of difficulties such as eating disorders, life transitions, loss, break-ups, sleep issues, fertility problems, unstable relationships, feelings of unworthiness, depersonalization, depression, anxiety and trauma. It sounds like quite a laundry list, but in actuality many of these problems run together and it wouldn’t be unexpected for someone to be suffering from more than one.
We offer highly skilled individual counseling for a clarity of focus on the issues that you are dealing with as well as group settings where you can experience a supportive community. Couples counseling is available for those who are interested in growing closer together.
We are deeply committed to upholding the values of genuineness and collaboration. It is important to us to create a sacred space where healing can occur, and that doesn’t mean just applying effective techniques (although that’s certainly a part of our work) but also making sure that you feel heard, understood, valued and supported.
We view therapy as a collaborative process, and while we have certain areas of expertise, we also view you as the expert on yourself. Our role is to listen deeply, work with you to understand what is happening, and offer empirically validated tools for actually changing what isn’t working and build upon what is. Together we can help you to find greater meaning, fulfillment and peace and connect more deeply with others and yourself. Please reach out to us to schedule an appointment or to talk about the possibility of working together.