One of the things I hear from people when they have difficulty starting in therapy is, “I know what to do so I don’t need to see a therapist right now.” I usually respond with, “I get that.” Whatever issues you may be struggling with, whether it be dealing with addictions, coping with depression or marital problems, knowledge or insight of the problem and what to do is only half the puzzle. You wouldn’t say, I don’t need to see my chiropractor for my back problems because I know what to do. Likewise, you wouldn’t say, I know what is wrong with my molar so I can put off that dentist appointment.
People recovering from addictions find their own path through the change process. For many, relapse occurs somewhere along the way. Learning from your relapse can be part of your change process, but if not properly addressed, could cause regression and lead towards confusion, anger, shame and hopelessness.
Stress. It is common for people seeking counseling to mention it as a primary symptom. Experiencing stress and being overwhelmed for a prolonged period of time can contribute to, cause, or exacerbate many mental health and physical health conditions. Research shows the importance of reducing stress to prevent development of depression, panic attacks, cardiovascular conditions, and other problems. Part of the problem is that we find
I have been an addictions therapist for over 15 years. Nothing irks me more than to hear that a person has to be intrinsically motivated to change, for counseling to work, prior to starting the counseling. The reason addictions are so difficult to treat is due to the confusion regarding the