Working one on one in therapy can be very beneficial by having a safe place to talk without judgment and is also a courageous first step to change. I say courageous because many of my clients share how hard it was to make that first phone call and how they saw themselves as weak needing help. It is your therapy and you get to choose what is most important to you to focus on.
Depression comes in many forms from mild to severe, the sooner you get help the better. Most of us minimize sad moods we are having, a good way to measure whether or not you should seek help is if you feel sad/depressed for more than 2 weeks. Giving yourself permission to take care of yourself is a good first step. Depression is not something you have to live with, learning the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy will give you life long tools to create the life you want and not feel like you are pulling around a ball and chain any longer. Knowing that our thoughts create our moods make it possible to make the changes you hope for. Feeling sad at times is normal, we want to be able to feel many emotions, we just don’t want them to hold us back from having the life we desire.
Anxiety is the most common mental health issue in our country, it is understandable knowing all the stressors we deal with daily in our individual relationships, work and the world. A little anxiety can help us get things done, the problem is when your anxiety is managing your life instead of you managing your anxiety. Learning how to identify and really understand what anxiety is, is the first step to becoming well. Clients with anxiety share that the uncertainty is what scares them the most, having tools to deal with uncertainty allows you to decrease or eliminate the anxiety holding you back.
Sometimes we start going through unexpected changes or a new life stage and we just don’t know how to handle it. We may feel like we have tried everything and nothing is helping us get out of our funk. That’s a good time for therapy and to get help figuring things out. Therapy isn’t just for crisis situations, if you come in when you start to struggle you can avoid crisis and have new tools to manage your new life.
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Dr. Osborn specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, which is the most effective and well studied modality of psychotherapy.
Her clients include adults, couples, families & adolescents. Dr. Osborn teaches her clients to be their own therapists so their therapy can be short-term and they will learn lifelong skills to improve their mental health!