Recognizing Progress During the Process

It can be difficult to realize the growth and progress you have had when you don’t perceive yourself as having “arrived” at the destination. While I’d argue that growth and development are lifelong processes, many people begin therapy with specific changes they would like to make; they have an end goal in mind, and it can get easy to dismiss or overlook the progress and changes that occur on the way to this end goal. So what are some things to look for?

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How to Start Therapy

I get questions about this all the time! How do I start therapy? How do I find a therapist? How much does it cost? What happens in therapy? Finding a therapist that is a good fit and starting therapy can be an overwhelming and intimidating experience, particularly if this is your first time doing so. Like so many things, the first steps in this process can be some of the hardest (although therapy is often hard work, too).  Here are some basic steps to keep in mind if you are interested in starting therapy!

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Mindful Self-Care

Happy Tuesday! Today, I have some quick words on mindful self-care. The summer is approaching (or is already here, I might just be in denial), and that can mean opportunities for self-care and opportunities for burnout (I guess its like all the other seasons in that way!). There can be a lot of expectations, in addition to shifts in schedules or obligations, during the summer. Self-care is a huge trending topic right now; I want to encourage you to engage in self-care, however that looks, but I want to encourage you to do so mindfully! Here are three things to keep in mind (hah!) for mindful self-care.

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Grief

Grief is a topic that requires a whole series, and then another series. Grief cannot be summed up in a few shorts paragraphs, and cannot be “cured” with three simple steps. This is a topic that has long sat in my queue of blogs- I think I kept putting it off because it is so gigantic. Rather than let perfectionism or avoidance get the best of me, I am going to start! This will be a topic that I revisit in future posts; for today, I am going to do a round up of important things to keep in mind related to grief.

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Perfectionism

The problem with perfectionism is that [newsflash] perfection is unattainable. When you are bound to perfectionism as a means of coping with shame, you might find yourself avoiding enjoyable activities because of the fear that you will perform imperfectly and then be subject to the pain of shame. You may find yourself confined to the space of what is comfortable, familiar, or “easy”. Growth and change come from discomfort or trying something new. Feeling “stuck” can be a product of perfectionism keeping you from growth and change.

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