"I am not what has happened to me, I am what I choose to become"
Why Start Therapy
When a new client calls, I ask "very briefly tell me what brings you in". A common response is "Life" or "lots of stuff"! I get it, life is really messy and hard sometimes. Throughout our lives its inevitable we will experience major and minor life and emotional traumas. That’s normal, but if you’re here you may not feel so “normal”. You might feel the inability to manage or feel out of balance. Maybe a loss of interest, numb or like you are just going through the motions. Discouragement, disappointment, overwhelmed or hopeless? Maybe not being heard or feel alone.
It's also ok to not have a huge past or present event that you or society feels warrants therapy. Some of my clients start therapy because they need to be heard and a confidential place to process what’s going on, and that’s ok! If any of this sounds familiar, you may greatly benefit from therapy. It's ok not to be ok when life gets really messy. There is help and hope!
How Therapy Can Help
Therapy can help in many ways. The possibilities are really endless. The more you know about yourself, the more you will feel in control of your life. Therapy will give you the tools to understand yourself, so when life happens you know yourself well enough to cope and manage. Throughout life we will continue to apply behaviors we know to new situations even though they no longer work. Therapy will provide you with the platform to develop and learn new ways to cope so you can develop into the person you want to be. When we are struggling, we are basically surviving. Therapy can relieve the struggling and promote you to thrive. You deserve an environment where you can explore and share your thoughts, beliefs, actions without judgment, criticism or doubt. Nothing is off limits! Sometimes just emptying out our thoughts and sort through them can provide a great deal of peace.
What to expect
Making the decision to pursue or re-enter therapy takes courage and can be scary. It can also be the best decision of your life. I honor this courage and work hard to make starting therapy as comfortable and relaxed as possible.
Here’s what you can expect as you start the process:
1) Schedule an appointment. You can call me at 531-721-1813 or email: KellyBrownCounseling@gmail.com to arrange an appointment. If you're still unsure you are ready to make an appointment, it’s okay to call to determine if you think we might be a good fit and to ask any questions you may have about therapy.
2) Paperwork. Prior to your session, I will email my new client intake paperwork through my secure online portal. There you will be able to complete everything and it will automatically be sent back to me. Very easy!
3) First session. During our first session, we’ll spend an hour together to ensure we are a good fit. I will briefly go over some "housekeeping" items. After, the rest of the hour is yours, of course with my help and guidance.
4) Length of treatment. I truly believe that everyone is an individual and that people have different needs. Most people find it most helpful to meet once a week (50minute session) to start and taper down when and if they feel necessary. My door is always open and you decide when you want to stop therapy or even restart again.
Our overall wellness is compromised of: emotional, spiritual, intellectual, physical, environmental, financial, occupational and social health. Wellness is being in balance. If one of the eight dimensions is struggling, our overall wellness will struggle. As research advances, we are really seeing how much our mind affects our body and how much our body affects our mind. Maintaining an optimal level of wellness is so crucial to live a high quality of life. Wellness matters because everything we do and every emotion we feel relates to our wellbeing. In turn, our wellbeing directly affects our actions and emotions. It’s an ongoing circle. Therefore, it’s important for everyone to achieve optimal wellness in order to minimize stress, decrease the risk of illness and increase positive interactions. In addition to providing psychotherapy, I integrate all eight dimensions of wellness to ensure all systems are in balance, so you will thrive in life. I work along side some of the best western medicine providers as well as holistic providers and can provide multiple resources and referrals.