Do I really need counseling?
Even people who have good social support and strong coping skills can be overwhelmed when the circumstances of their lives shift suddenly. If you are facing challenges such as a loss, the illness of a loved one, a major change, or a series of unfortunate events, then therapy may add a valuable layer of support so that you can reassess and strengthen your coping.
If you are feeling exhausted, sad, tense, overwhelmed, irritable, withdrawn, nervous or otherwise unwell on a regular basis it may be time to consider counseling, especially if it is affecting your relationships, your job, or your ability to carry out daily activities.
Therapy can provide a supportive, caring, outside perspective that may help you uncover harmful patterns and improve upon existing strengths. We fully believe that seeking support when you need it is a good indicator of overall current strength in coping.
Our therapists are well equipped to help you work through whatever issue, problem or challenge you are currently facing. So if you are struggling, know you don’t have to face things alone.
Please Note: If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
Can Counseling Help?
Many people are hesitant to begin counseling. Some may feel that it shows weakness. Others may fear being judged. You may worry that your problem isn’t severe enough to seek help or worry about if counseling even can help. In short, yes, counseling can help.
A therapist can help you work through a variety of different problems. Anytime your quality of life is being negatively impacted and you have struggled to resolve the issue on your own counseling can be a great option.
There is a large body of research evidence that counseling can help people of all backgrounds and ages live happier, healthier and more productive lives. For instance, one survey given to 4,000 people who had recently participated in therapy found that almost 90% of people who felt “very poor” when they started therapy felt substantially better (“so-so” to “very good”) after getting help.
Our therapists are trained and licensed to assist you with your concerns. There are different types of research-based therapeutic approaches and we will work together with you to choose an approach that is a good fit for your specific situation.
However, it is important to note that successful counseling outcomes require hard work on your end as well as the therapists. To see strong results you will need to be willing to examine yourself, to be honest with your therapist, and complete next steps to growth on your own between sessions. Your commitment to the therapeutic process is a big factor in determining the success of your therapy process.
The Therapeutic Relationship
Another big factor is the relationship between you and your therapist. It is important that you find a therapist who you feel comfortable opening up to, who you feel understands you, and who explains their approach to therapy in a way that makes you feel hopeful about engaging in the therapeutic process.
Is “In His Image” Right for Me?
In His Image Christian Counseling may be a good fit for you if you’re looking to improve the quality of your life, build new skills to help you deal with life’s challenges, and discover unhelpful patterns of thoughts and behaviors that are holding you back. We might especially be a good fit if you want to counter these struggles from a biblical perspective, although we work with people from all belief systems.
We believe, and research shows, that having a strong relationship with your counselor is essential to successful therapy outcomes. Therefore, we want to make sure that you and your therapist are a good match in order to achieve whatever goals you have for your work with us. All of our therapists are qualified professionals but they are unique individuals with their own style. They also work on different schedules and may be approved by different insurance companies. Please visit our About Us page to learn more about our therapists.
What if I do not embrace the Christian faith?
Don’t worry. In His Image may still be a good fit for you. Our therapists will meet you where you are at and go from there. Our primary goal is to help you. In your first appointment, we will determine what spiritual emphasis, if any, you feel comfortable with during your sessions.