Counseling and psychotherapy from a strengthening and restorative perspective
People are often uncertain about what to expect in a counseling office, or from a counseling session. My office is located in downtown Ellensburg, in a building housing several business suites with entry from a common hallway. Sessions are scheduled to be as convenient as possible, and people who are uncertain about coming in are free to request a brief screening and orientation to see how they feel about the office, and about me as a potential therapist.
Counseling is an intensely personal process that can bring unpleasant memories or emotions to the surface. Sometimes a client will make improvements, only to go backwards after a time. In fact, there are no guarantees that counseling will work for you better than some other form of treatment or help. Progress may happen slowly, and can be affected by life events which we may or may not be able to influence. Counseling requires a very active effort on your part, and in order to be most successful, you will have to work on things we discuss outside of sessions.
Nonetheless, many people find invaluable benefits to counseling. Our sessions can help you develop coping skills, make behavioral changes, reduce symptoms of mental health disorders, improve the quality of your life and relationships, learn to manage difficult emotions, learn to live in the present, and other advantages neither of us could possibly predict.