It seems that we can find ourselves stuck in stories. These stories often come with negative thoughts about our abilities or characteristics like being a “bad mom”, “inadequate husband”, or possibly thinking that we are “not liked by others”. We can find many examples in our memory to support these stories, which strengthens their power. These stories are often weighed down with unwanted emotions. We typically try to avoid these emotions all together only to have it catch up with us, or feel the emotions so deeply that it is hard to shake them off. You may find yourself in places where you are quicker to anger, don’t want to be around others, have low energy, feel down, lack concentration, or have excessive worry.
This is where counseling can help! At Uplift Counseling Center I provide a safe and judgment free place to talk about the stories weighing you down. My goal is not to provide you with advice, but instead help you discover what parts of your story are no longer serving you. I also aim to help you see yourself in a different light as I view the problem as the problem, not you! Finally, I want to assist you in attending to your pain through building resilience. So whether you’ve told your story before, or this is the first time, I am so excited to start this journey with you!
It is no secret that we all go through things in life—these experiences shape us in ways that can be difficult to understand, and sometimes we are not even aware of the impact they have left on us or have ingrained within us. These experiences can leave us interpreting our beliefs about the world, ourselves, and others differently. Our past informs our present, and when that past catches up with us, it can leave us feeling a lot of emotions—emotions we are not used to and typically do not want to feel or deal with. Sometimes, we need help navigating through in order to determine the most beneficial way forward to make changes in our lives. Nobody knows your story or your experiences better than you—you are the expert on your own life. I am simply there to assist in guiding or facilitating your journey!
The stigma that surrounds mental health is powerful—it can make the idea of counseling seem as though there is something wrong with you, when in reality, there is such power in realizing you need help and reaching out for it. Sharing your story in a confidential space may seem daunting, but ultimately, the process can lead you to greater self-awareness, self-esteem, and most importantly, a more fulfilling life. I know opening up to someone new is hard but going through life without addressing your struggles is even harder. I invite you to begin to share your story with me. The more you talk about the issues that have ahold of you, the faster you can lessen the power they have over you.