Individual Counseling at Marin
In our practice, we have found that a compassionate, empathetic approach utilizing various therapeutic modalities is a necessity when providing counseling.
A significant aspect to counseling is that to be truly effective, a person must feel comfortable with their therapist and build considerable trust to help facilitate their healing. Our goal is to find the best approach that works for you maximizing the benefit you will receive in counseling.
We also offer Certified Dialectical Behavior Therapy. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a well- researched and comprehensive counseling treatment approach. DBT works by teaching you actual skills and tools as part of the counseling process to become more aware of your particular sensitivity to negative emotions such as anxiety, anger, depression, etc. . At the same time, it teaches you skills you can use to not only recognize what is triggering these feelings but how to better cope with them and minimize them quite effectively. DBT also teaches assertiveness skills to enable you, when needed, to effectively begin asking for what you want from others and saying no to things you don't want in a comfortable, easy manner.
We have successfully helped people who suffer from depression, anxiety, trauma, PTSD, grief and loss, difficult life transitions as well as many other issues. We work solely with individuals- late teens, adults and seniors.
We believe since individuals and their experiences are unique, we will work with you to find the treatment modality that best suits you. We look forward to working with you.
WHAT HAPPENS IN A COUNSELING SESSION?
We are people just like you. The only difference is our education and training help us, help you. When you come in for your counseling appointment, we will discuss whatever feelings, thoughts, experiences, and concerns you have. In our weekly sessions, we meet one-on-one in a relaxed setting and talk about what concerns you most.
Part of counseling includes processing feelings, thoughts and memories that may be unpleasant at times. Although none of us likes to feel things such as sadness, anger, etc., it is a necessary part of healing in the release of these feelings and experiences. This way they can stop haunting you.
At the end of every session, we always make sure you have skills to utilize in between counseling sessions and we build upon those skills each time we meet. You will leave with whatever was discussed sealed up and with the tools you need to live more comfortably. As counseling continues, you will build those skills and tools growing better suited to meet life's challenges.
If you need a boost between counseling sessions, we do check our messages and are available to help you. As you progress, you will feel more confident in between sessions.
Counseling means holding a safe space for you. We do so without judgment but with acceptance.