Individual Counseling in Bethesda, MD
Maybe you’re asking yourself, “will individual therapy really help?” “do I really need it?”
Individual therapy in Bethesda, MD is something you do just for yourself. Individual therapy means making time to focus on yourself a priority in your weekly schedule. You’ll talk about the issues and challenges that you’re facing with an experienced individual counselor who gives you 100% of her attention. Together, you’ll sort things out in a safe, sensitive, and collaborative way. Individual therapy is self-care, self-love, and deeply healing. Individual therapy is a total focus on YOU. Experienced individual counselors at Emily Cook Therapy specialize in individual therapy for millennial women and men who are in their 20s and 30s,
Specialties offered by our Bethesda, MD psychotherapy practice
Depression and/or Anxiety
Individual therapy for depression and/or anxiety is a combination of talk therapy, lifestyle changes, mindfulness techniques, and coordination of care with other professionals who may prescribe medication if appropriate. Your individual therapist will work together with you to achieve your goals, always reaching toward a more peaceful life. And while your therapist believes that feeling joyful again is possible, her optimism and hope will never negate your experience of sadness or worry. Individual counseling for depression and/or anxiety balances acceptance of your experience now with motivation to change your future. We often incorporate helpful books or in-session tasks that expand our conversations and deepen the benefits of individual counseling.
Balancing Career & Life
Some individuals seeking therapy are also seeking assistance balancing the demands of work and family. Your counselor will be able to make links between trouble in your job and trouble in your life or relationships, could help you discover the best career fit based on your personality, and will help problem-solve time management issues. Visit our career counseling page to learn more.
Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
Feeling bad about yourself, doubting your ability to form and sustain meaningful relationships, believing that no one will choose your friendship–these are thoughts that get in the way of personal growth. But here is what individual therapy will help you figure out: your relationship with yourself sets the tone for every other relationship you will have. Perhaps, with this fresh start in individual therapy, it’s time for a fresh start in your thoughts about yourself. Your therapist already believes that you are enough. Just as you are. Individual therapy can be deeply helpful for improving issues like low self-esteem, lack of self-worth, and body image concerns.
Relationship Problems & Patterns
Do you find yourself repeating old relationship problems again and again? Are you noticing patterns in the type of partner or friend you find yourself in a relationship with? Do you worry that relationship problems are coming from patterns you learned in your family or from past relationship damage? In addition to exploring personal issues in individual therapy, your counselor may also initiate conversations about other important relationships such as those with a partner, family members, friends, or colleagues. All individual therapists and individual counselors at Emily Cook Therapy in Bethesda, MD work from what we call a systemic perspective–this means we explore the ways in which your inner life is influenced by your outer life, or most importantly your closest relationships.
Coping with a Relationship Ending
You don’t have to say goodbye to your spouse, partner, or friend alone. The ending of a relationship is full of complex emotions–pain, sadness, guilt, relief, fear, loss. Your individual therapist will help you understand and process the end of a relationship with sensitivity and support. And she will help you chart a path forward, into a new life without your partner and possibly, into a new relationship. Our couples therapists also have experience helping engaged individuals or couples who are in serious relationship distress and who may be thinking about calling off the wedding.
Preparing for Future Couples Therapy or Family Therapy
Often, individual therapy transitions to couples therapy or family therapy. Sometimes it’s helpful to sort through things on your own first, before inviting your spouse or family member to join you in therapy. You may do this by continuing with the same therapist, or by starting fresh with another counselor in our practice for the couple or family work. We are also happy to make referrals to other trusted couple and family therapy practices in Bethesda, MD.
Ready to get started in individual therapy in Bethesda, MD?
You’ll learn how to be transparent with others without compromising personal boundaries. You’ll learn how to be honest and genuine without becoming overwhelmed by vulnerability. You’ll learn how to accept your past without letting it poison your future. You’ll learn how to love yourself and honor your worth.