COUNSELING AT WILLOW TREE
Needing the help of a therapist doesn't mean there's anything wrong with you.
It means life is hard and you're human.
Working with a therapist doesn’t make you crazy; it makes you smart. We aren’t given a manual for life. We aren’t educated about how our brains work, how the mind and body are connected, how to communicate effectively, or how to develop the self intimacy necessary to maintain positive self esteem and direction throughout our life course. That’s what therapy is for.
At Willow Tree, we believe counseling is for EVERYONE.
If you’re in therapy, you’re among some of the healthiest people in our society. By working with a therapist, you’re identifying your struggles, accepting you have room for growth, and are working to overcome obstacles and limitations.
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The therapeutic relationship is the only relationship in your life that is non-reciprocal.The entire relationship is centered around you, which is truly beautiful. In all other relationships, there exists an expectation of give and take. The therapeutic relationship allows you to monopolize every conversation, thinking and caring about what’s important to you, without giving any attention to what might be going on with your therapist. It’s designed that way, and it provides an opportunity for reflection, self growth, and insight that no other relationship can give.
Sharing your deepest and most intimate thoughts and feelings with another human being makes you incredibly vulnerable. When you expose yourself to the important people in your life, like your parents, spouse, or best friend, you run the risk of judgment, criticism, or forever being viewed in a negative way thereafter. What you think and feel also has the potential to hurt people you care about. In therapy, you can speak your mind without filtering your thoughts or feelings, which helps you to dig deeper into yourself and recognize what truly lies beneath.
Those closest to you and your life situations are biased commentators who may give advice or recommendations based on ulterior motives. While intentions are usually good, friends and family often have perceptions just as cloudy and irrational as our own. Relying on them to provide us with objective ideas isn’t always a realistic option. In contrast, your therapist maintains an objective, non-judgmental attitude and perspective and will provide you with psychoeducation, tools, and skills that are useful, inspiring, or enlightening.
Our culture seems heavily focused on deficits. We often think more about what we don’t have, what’s going wrong, or what needs to be fixed rather than seeing what we do have, what’s going well, and accepting what currently is. Your therapists can help you discover the wonderful parts of yourself, your attributes, and the skills and talents you possess. While therapy can be focused on areas of growth and solving problems, it’s also largely focused on bringing your strengths to the forefront and allowing you to shine.
Your therapist will be your coach, cheerleader, and biggest fan. If you want to get in the game of life and win it, you need a good coach. Having a guide, mentor, or coach is incredibly valuable in an arena in which your striving for success. Your therapist is well equipped with tools, skills, and information to help you score big in life. She will teach you strategies to overcome obstacles while supporting you, cheering you on, and celebrating your success.