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The Process of Therapy

While the decision to come to therapy and the actual act of going may be a difficult thing to do for you, the benefits have proven to outweigh the challenges any day. Speaking to a counselor or therapist can help in many ways. While speaking to a complete stranger about personal, problematic situations in your life may seem uncomfortable, a neutral, unbiased individual can often provide input to help view your life differently.

Therapy is beneficial because it can help you overcome challenges, regain pleasure in your life, and experience emotional growth, just to name a few. Utilizing techniques taught by a therapist can also help you react differently to difficult situations or have a better sense of control over emotions.

Therapy and counseling can focus on a specific problem, such a depression or a traumatic event, or it can encompass overall guidance to help you handle life’s challenges better.

Casie Depreo, CRC, LPC-I, MHS

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Avoidance

Do you often find yourself staying clear of certain people or places in order to avoid conflict?  Have you ever missed work or not picked up the phone intentionally?  Do you tend to say “yes” to things that you really want to say no to?

Avoidance in life is a concept that most people don’t understand or may not even realize they are doing.  While it is ideal for everyone to live a conflict-free, harmonious lifestyle, avoiding people, places, or things that may cause disruption is not always the answer.  Sometimes we use our ability to avoid situations or feelings in an unhealthy way.  This usually results in unresolved conflicts, or continuous feelings of insecurity, anxiety, fear, and/or stress about the situation that we don’t want to face.

Some avoidance strategies include: avoidance as denial, escaping the situation, hiding from life or isolating oneself, lacking the courage to face someone/something, using “busyness” as an excuse, fear of taking responsibility, and/or avoiding communication, uncomfortable feelings, grief, pain, stress, or repressed feelings.

It’s necessary to recognize the importance of facing issues, conflicts, fearful situations, etc. to overcome these anxieties and resolve the problem.  Ways to help yourself can include individual therapy, positive self talk or picking up a self-help guide to facing conflicts and becoming more assertive in life such as The Disease to Please by Harriett Braiker.

Casie Depreo

MHS, CRC, LPC-I