The purpose of individual therapy is to provide an opportunity to discuss any issue or concern. Sometimes, when issues are shared with others, a variety of responses can occur:
- those who want to help "fix",
- others may criticize,
- some confess that they cannot handle hearing the issues,
- a few may distance themselves,
- maybe a couple of people have told you that you are "making too big of a deal about it", and
- there could be those who get too close and don't allow space to process and grow.
It can be difficult to find someone with whom you can share in a healthy way. If you are bothered by it, there is a good reason to address it. I offer a confidential and nonjudgmental environment to start conversations and understand your concerns. There is nothing too major or too minor.
There are some situations in which the family dynamics need to be addressed.
For instance, maybe some members of the family do not feel comfortable sharing their thoughts and others share too much.
Maybe there is grief or addiction or parenting issues that have disrupted what was once a happy home.
Possibly, past trauma is beginning to affect your relationship.
Having a mediator to compassionately confront and work through observed patterns can allow a toxic environment to become a welcomed one. With so many personality styles and past experiences, a mediator is sometimes needed to guide a family unit to healthier interactions. Whether you are a couple or family in crisis, have decided to divorce, or are working toward reconciliation after a separation, we can work toward healthier relationships and respectful communication.
Businesses, community organizations, and churches may be looking for something that their employees, volunteers, or members could use to improve habits, interactions, or communication. In working with a psychiatric hospital, a company that counseled groups and individuals on probation, and in private practice, I've observed clients from all walks of life.
No one is immune from mental health and relationship issues.
Many issues can affect an environment (depression, anxiety, trauma, communication styles, and interpersonal skills, etc.). We can meet and discuss the most critical issues to help decide which direction to take, or I can present on a topic that has already been decided. Some organizations may want to offer a process or support group onsite, and others may simply want a facilitator to be present for a certain event or meeting. I look forward to discussing your needs and a variety of options!