I would like to congratulate you in taking this important step towards gaining more freedom and empowerment.
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1905 J.N. Pease Place, Suite 202
Charlotte, NC 28262
Office located in the University area
You can email me at: Lauren@WBTCS.org
LPC, LCAS, SAP, CH, EAS-C, EDIT™ Certified II
Well Being Transitions Counseling and Consulting Services
Your counselor should be a board licensed therapist, or psychologist. Although credentials may vary slightly from state to state, credentials generally include: LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor), Ph.D in Psychology as well as LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) and LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist). A critical factor in successful treatment is the relationship between you and your therapist. The relationship and trust that a therapist and client build together is one of the most important contributors to therapy’s success. Therefore, it is of the utmost importance that you find a therapist who has experience treating the problem you are experiencing and feels like a good fit for your unique personality and needs. It is important that you feel free to express your preferences and communicate your needs, as in all healthy relationships. Therapy is a perfect place to refine those skills.
A great therapist will know that all not all interventions and strategies is appropriate for all Clients. A great Therapist is sensitive to, and respectful of, a wide range of belief systems and cultures. Look for a therapist who is willing and able to provide the treatment you need, not one who assumes you need the treatment they provide, however the Therapist is the expert on strategies to reach your goals. If you feel uncomfortable with an intervention, it is your responsibility to communicate that...and no worries! With a competent counselor there are many ways to reach a goal.
In order for your therapy to be successful, you must commit yourself to it. For example, if a person wants to learn to swim, in order to be successful, that person would need to commit to learning and practicing new skills. It works the same way with therapy. That said, be on time for your scheduled sessions and approach them with the right attitude. You and your therapist are a team. Work at it and work together!
Being truthful with yourself is often very difficult, but it will allow you to really get to know and understand yourself. You may learn things that cause you to feel uncomfortable—or you have kept “stuffed” inside for a long time. Consider what happens to a closet stuffed with clutter, it gets harder to close the door to hide the stuff, until one day, the contents spill out! Taking time in therapy to become aware, and acknowledge your "stuff" will “free you,” leading to an ability to heal and make necessary changes that you want to make. Be truthful with your Therapist. Honesty is essential for the two of you to build a strong, trusting relationship, and it will help your Therapist to better help you.
Therapy is the place where you can and should say what you want and be who you want! Feel free to laugh or cry! This is your time. It is so freeing to work towards removing a mask if you have ever worn one...it’s important to be as honest and as uninhibited as possible during therapy; this is a no judgement zone. This is your time to be YOU! Your conversations are private and confidential. Remember, you and your therapist are on the same team!
All change, good or bad, can be stressful. It is okay to feel resistant to change, even in session. If your therapist suggests you talk to an empty chair or write a letter that you don’t intend to mail, it may sound silly, but there is an important purpose for it. It is okay to ask questions if you don't get it. Experiment with interventions designed for healing, do therapeutic homework shared during session, and provide your feedback to the Therapist for possible tweaking, and inevitably you will gain the skills you need to effect change and achieve your goals for therapy.
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