Individual Counseling

Individual Counseling Michelle Bogdan Leesburg VA

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Are You Struggling With Where You Are In Life And You Wonder If Individual Counseling Is For You?

Do you have difficulty with the thoughts in your head? Do the thoughts never end, even when you try to make them stop? Do you feel down and depressed, but struggle to pinpoint the reason why? Is it hard to fall asleep or even stay asleep? Are the mornings or nights worse for you? Do you wish you knew how to make these strong emotions stop so that you could go through your day with greater ease?

As an adult, you may feel like there are so many stressors in your life that it’s impossible to focus. Perhaps you are not sure what you want with the relationship you are in. Your relationship might feel so strained that it’s tearing you up inside. Maybe you are going through a transition in life and it’s scaring you beyond belief. You may feel stuck in a job that stresses you out, with an hour commute that leaves you drained and on edge. Perhaps your child worries you constantly and doesn’t listen to a word you say.

Maybe it feels as though no matter how many chores you cross off your list, there’s still lots to do…get the kids ready for school or daycare, prepare school lunches, take care of the kids that are at home, clean the house, go to play dates, prepare dinner, clean some more and don’t forget the never ending laundry! You might be struggling to balance the demands of work and the demands of home, and you find you never have time for yourself, let alone a social life. It may seem like your schedule has a mind of its own and you’ve forgotten what’s important to you. Maybe at one time everything seemed manageable and somehow, at some point, you lost control.

We All Have Our Moments. If You Feel Stressed and Overwhelmed, You Are Not Alone.

It’s true. We all have our moments. It may seem like no one understands, and maybe your situation is unique. Think back to a time in your life when things seemed to run smoothly, or at least better than now. You probably have had other periods in your life that seemed “down,” and then things probably went “up” again at some point. We all go through our ups and downs. The ups can be really fulfilling and the downs can seem like an eternity before they end.

There are so many others out there in a similar situation as you. Maybe it’s the high pressure, fast-paced area in which we live, or maybe it’s just how life is in general. We all get caught up in our day-to-day ritual, where time slips away and it seems impossible to enjoy the little things. When life takes over, people seem to push away any worries in their mind, and before they know it, they have no way of controlling the thoughts and fears that are pushing their way back in. Thankfully, with help and support, you can stop feeling stuck and start living the life you want.

Individual Counseling Can Help You Refocus Your Life

You don’t have to feel as though your life isn’t your own. During our sessions together, we will explore the factors that contribute to your struggle as well as the factors that help you do well. Often times, looking at your childhood, your culture, your personality and the ways you relate to others can help us understand who you are and reasons you do things. Gaining insight into these areas may be helpful, and you can decide how deeply you wish to explore.

During our first meetings, I will strive to offer a comfortable, safe place where you can feel accepted, understood and respected as an individual – no matter your situation. Even though people have similarities, we are all different. I will listen to you and the struggles you experience, and together, we will decide the best approach that will help you feel more at ease and fulfilled in your life.

If anxiety and/or depression are a part of your struggle, then deciding the best therapy approach will be very important. Depending on your personality, you may decide one approach is better than another. I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness, Motivational Interviewing ,and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). I also enjoy teaching clients deep breathing exercises and other types of relaxation exercises as a way to manage their emotions. I will offer a description of each approach and help you decide which is best for you.

My biggest objective in individual counseling is to help you feel that you are talking with someone who is a person, not just a therapist. I bring my true self to sessions by using humor when appropriate, being direct in my approach and knowing when to listen versus offering feedback. You will always be part of the conversation.

Regardless of what situations are wearing on you right now, you can begin to better understand your feelings and reactions to stress. With guidance, you can make positive changes in your mindset and in your life. You don’t have to feel as though you are always rushing. Instead, you can clearly identify your values, cope with stress and develop ways to effectively balance all of the aspects of your life.

You may believe that individual counseling can help you feel calmer and more satisfied, but still have questions and concerns…

When Will I Have Time For Individual Counseling?

A day only lasts 24 hours, so it is important to make the best of your time. Creating balance is very important. I would say that if you are reading this page, then it’s likely you are struggling and it may be time to take that next step. Consider starting before things get worse and you are unable to fully engage in all of your activities and obligations.

It can be hard to take time out for yourself, especially when you have a family to care for. Many people feel guilty, but I’d say it’s imperative to take time for you so that there can be more of you to go around. You will feel more energized after tending to your own needs as well as the needs of your loved ones.

 I Can’t Afford It.

Money is a reality, I know. Therapy can be expensive. Ask yourself if you can afford not to come to therapy. Individual counseling can be looked at as investment into your life. A little upfront can prevent bigger issues down the road. It’s better to start before things grow even more painful and overwhelming , which would lead to a longer period in therapy in the future.

I Can Handle It On My Own.

Maybe you can handle things on your own at this point. The question is, how much longer can you handle things as they are? Would it be easier to have help along the way? Only you can decide if counseling will help you. An experienced therapist, as an objective third party, can offer perspectives that can be hard to see by yourself. I can also help you move toward solutions that you may not have considered on your own.

 Free Phone Consultation

I offer a free 15-minute phone consultation for potential new clients.  If you have additional questions or concerns about individual counseling services, feel free to contact me at (703) 554-2882 and we can talk things over.

I also offer Group Therapy for those who “Feel Stuck.” Check out my group page on this topic if you wonder if this can be helpful for you.