Facing Life's Stresses.
Life's mountains can include relationship hurdles, stress, employment difficulties, difficulty with communication, self esteem problems and many more difficulties. Sometimes from our perspective the issues we face appear to be mountainous or too large to handle. Let's talk about them and try to view them from a different perspective. Through these difficulties our muscles grow, our endurance increases and we become stronger.
Children and Families.
I work with children who are feeling angry, upset or sad or who have difficulty paying attention and staying focused in school. We can work on cognitive and behavioral strategies as well as things like token economies to help children to build better behaviors and to socialize better as well.
Daily Thought Impact.
Daily thoughts add up to make thought habits. Thought habits can impact our daily moods. All these thought puzzle pieces add up to create the bigger picture of the pattern of our thought life.
Taking Back Control.
You can choose what you think about day to day, moment by moment. We can work together to help you to monitor your thoughts and over time thought changes can bring mood changes.
Deuteronomy 30:19 New Living Translation "Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!"
Relationships: Communication and Working Together.
We can't read each others minds, we actually need to communicate!
There is a balance in communication. Some people respond passively and do not feel heard because they feel afraid to state their point of view. Then once they have been hurt a few times they may respond aggressively and their family member or friend may feel like they are being pushed away. The balance is finding assertiveness which is a point where you let people know about your viewpoints, respect theirs and communicate calmly. This takes practice and it also takes times to understand your own viewpoints and feelings. Together we can talk about communication strategies, boundaries and assertiveness which are great tools that can help all kinds of relationships.
Counseling can help you to face your unique stresses with individualized coping ideas, discussion about the problem, relaxation training, assertiveness training, boundaries, thought monitoring and many more. Together we will come up with a plan to help you to move forward toward your goals. It is a collaborative journey.