I strongly believe in the value of therapy and it saved my life. Like many of my clients I come from a dysfunctional family and suffered significant emotional trauma. While living in Slovenia I did not really seek therapy simply because it was not something you do. There were not that many trained therapists and lack of information. When I had to face challenges with my marriage I was very fortunate to meet a wonderful therapist who later on became my mentor and we have kept in touch over the years. She became my role model for a kind, warm, and spiritual therapist.
Not all therapists are alike, so it depends what kind of problems and issues you are dealing with. If you are suffering from a serious mental health issues, such schizophrenia, or maybe a Bipolar disorder, I suggest you make an appointment with a licensed mental health counselor.
On the other hand, if you are having marriage and relationship problems, you would benefit the most from going to see a marriage and family therapist. Marriage and family therapists (MFTs) are specifically trained to work from a systems approach which does not only include families, but also larger circles such as work, school, or community. MFTs are also better equipped to assist couples. I always suggest checking not only clinician's credentials, but also how much experience they have in working with couples.
A trained therapist can assist you in getting insight into your problem, point out a different angle that you may have overlooked due to emotional involvement, and assist you in improving your problem solving skills and communication skills.
Especially when working with couples, I find out that they have been caught in dysfunctional behavior and communication patterns for years. In addition, intimacy is lacking. I use Imago approach which helps them to gain insight into their childhood and how their childhood wounds, if unhealed, are still affecting their marriage or relationship. It required a commitment, however most of my couples have been able to learn how to communicate better and express their needs in a way that does not create a power struggle.
In addition, many of my clients and especially women have hard time putting themselves first. Lack of confidence, low self-esteem, and a series of unhealthy relationships can also lead to depression. Sometimes just having somebody who is warm, compassionate, and encouraging, can help to see the life in a new light.
I see therapy as a collaborative process where I decide together with a client what goals that they want to work with. Establishing a trusting relationship is key.
So why wait? Schedule a session today and meet a happier and healthier you!