Individual Therapy

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Have you been stressed more than usual lately? Are you frustrated and irritable?

Do you experience feelings of worry, anxiety, or panic?

Are you struggling with feelings of hopelessness, sadness, or loss?

Have important relationships become more difficult, or recently ended?

Are you having difficulty concentrating? Do you often feel overwhelmed?

Do you feel bad about yourself, less capable, or less deserving than other people?

If you feel that you just don’t want to go on experiencing life this way, individual therapy can help you bring about change. Our team of skilled counselors is here to assist you one- on- one, with whatever challenges you are facing in you relationships,  work life, school life, social or home life.  We offer a non-judgmental, serene, nurturing atmosphere, where you will experience support but also accountability.

Some of the issues we specialize in for individual therapy are:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Depression
  • Divorce recovery
  • Substance abuse
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Grieving
  • Relationships
  • Sexual issues
  • Low self-esteem
  • Personal growth

The best way to figure out what is keeping you from the life you want and deserve, is to do a thorough examination of where you currently are in your life, how you got here and what it will take to move you to where you want to be in your relationships, work life, school life, social and home life. While your counselor’s job is to assist you in your exploration, in individual therapy you determine the goals, the pace and the level of introspection that feels most comfortable for you at any moment in time.

You may be wondering – I’m not sure I need individual therapy – I’m not “crazy”

That is good, because there is no such clinical use or value of the word  “crazy” in counseling. Instead, trained counselors recognize that at any given time any one of us can be pushed beyond our psychological limits or energy reserves and find ourselves depleted, depressed, anxious or worse. Yet even people who have landed in the “or worse” category have been assisted in a return to full psychological health and functioning. We see most of our clients as capable of leading or returning to balanced, productive, psychologically healthy lives.

What about medication?

Studies have shown that, for depression or anxiety, both medication and therapy are equally effective, with results becoming apparent after three weeks for medication, and after 6 weeks for therapy. But two years after treatment ended, patients who had participated in therapy were significantly less likely to have experienced at return of their symptoms.

Psychologists and counselors don’t prescribe medication, but we will consult with about whether medication would be helpful, and refer you to a medical doctor if appropriate. Whether you are already on medication for problems such as depression, anxiety or ADHD, or you are trying to avoid using medication at all, therapy will help you to understand the root causes of your problems, deal with your feelings, and learn to live a happier, more satisfying life.

I don’t want to spend years in treatment

We don’t want you to spend years in therapy either. The typical course of individual therapy is 3 to 6 months, though some people like the progress they are making and choose to stay longer to work on additional goals.

Our treatment approach is multifaceted in that we combine brief, solution focused approaches with other evidence-based best practices, such as cognitive behavioral, humanistic and family systems therapies. All of these approaches focus on quickly identifying the problem and then working collaboratively with you and other providers where appropriate (e.g., medical doctors), to generate solutions and strategies that are S.M.A.R.T  (i.e., specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time limited).

I’m worried about the cost of counseling services

Counseling is an investment in your future happiness, level of functioning and psychological well-being.

Only you can decide if the benefits of counseling outweigh the risks of doing nothing. We often refer to the times when we realize that we need and should seek help, as “moments of clarity”. These times can be fleeting, so the best possible time to make a commitment to yourself is when you have made the move to actually seek help. If you consider the alternative, which is that not getting the help you need might lead to even greater costs financially, psychologically and relationally, counseling is a worthwhile investment in yourself.

I work, so coming to treatment has to be convenient

We are located in near Northpoint Mall in Alpharetta just minutes from GA 400. We offer morning, lunch, evening and Saturday appointments, so getting a time that fits your schedule won’t be an issue.

If you think you may be ready to be a healthier, happier you, please contact:

Kristi Sutter 770-361-9480           Valjean Whitlow 770-876-0886

Elaine Wilco 770-650-8052          Jennifer Caplan 404-913-1656