Are you struggling with conflict or communication issues within a relationship? Is your partner not interested in participating in Couples Counseling? Does mistrust, ambivalence, or avoidance defeat your attempts to secure/share the love and closeness you desire in relationships in your life? Do you feel disconnected from yourself? Do you feel anxious and/or depressed?
Together, at Ann Arbor Couples Clinic, we find approaches that meet your therapy needs mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
Life Has Its Challenges
We all face challenges at some points in our life. Even the best problem-solvers can face situations where they feel overwhelmed with relationship stress, work pressures, parenting, family conflicts, academic stressors, and the demands of life, in general. While we cannot control external circumstances, we do have the ability to understand how our emotional styles, behaviors, and thoughts about what is happening, influence our mood and overall well-being.
You may not be sure where you can turn, to develop new awareness, resources, and skills to navigate personal and relationship challenges. Individual Counseling at the Ann Arbor Couples Clinic, offers solutions that can help you understand yourself and your world better. Working with an experienced and empathetic counselor, can help you resolve issues that are difficult to navigate on your own.
Therapeutic Approaches with Individual Counseling At Ann Arbor Couples Clinic
Therapy sessions are structured to provide evidence-based techniques and tools tailor-made to your needs. Research has demonstrated “Emotionally Focused Therapy” to be an extremely effective method in reducing emotional conflict and fostering a more positive emotional connection with yourself and others. Other effective modalities utilized in Individual Counseling include Mindfulness approaches, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Psychodynamic approaches.
All Therapists and Therapies Are Not the Same.
Individual Counseling is an effective way to decrease stress, anxiety, depressed mood, conflict in relationships, and help persons better understand themselves, know their values, and live a meaningful life.
Find out how Ann Arbor Couples Clinic can help you. If you would like to schedule an appointment or discuss any questions you may have about Individual Counseling, please call 734-417-9522. I try to return voicemail and email within 24 hours.
It may be that when we no longer know what to do,
we have come to our real work
and that when we no longer know which way to go,
we have begun our real journey
the mind that is not baffled is not employed
the impeded stream is the one that sings
Wendell Berry, Standing By Words (1983)
Everything depends on inner change;
when this has taken place, then, and only then
does the world change.
Emotions consist of energy and a story.
If we let go of the story, only the energy
If you wait for the ideal, you’ll never start.
Always you must take what is nearest at
hand, no matter how unpromising, and
accept it as the only and therefore best
thing you can do and by sheer hard work
transform it into this thing you need.
The greatest gift a parent has to give a child-
and a lover has to give to a lover-
is emotionally attuned attention and
Susan Johnson Ph.D (Creator of “Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy”)
Do not abandon the longing that comes from the sense your life could be much more, that there is a state in which you can function on a level of inner resilience, contentment and security; where you are capable of deep feelings, of blissful pleasure; where you (can) meet life without fear because you no longer fear yourself.
Eva Pierrakos, The Pathwork Series
The more you are identified with your thinking, your likes and dislikes, judgements and interpretations, which is to say the less present you are as the watching consciousness, the stronger the emotional energy charge will be, whether you are aware of it or not. If you cannot feel your emotions, if you are cut off from them, you will eventually experience them on a physical level, as a problem or a symptom.
This being human is a guesthouse.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
Because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.