You want a therapist who shares your values.
Integrity. Authenticity. Class-Consciousness. LGBTQ+ Affirming. Anti-Racist. Intersectionality. Body-Positivity. Anti-Oppression. Pro-Humanity.
Therapy in Long Beach, California and surrounding areas.
What is therapy, exactly? What can I expect?
The therapist/client relationship is unique – and dare I say, “special” – because within the safety of this relationship the client gets the impartial ear of a person who has been clinically trained in many areas of mental health, and likely has a natural aptitude for human relations. Have you heard of “blind spots” when you’re driving? Those tricky areas that are invisible to us, that put us and others in danger? While you’re in your car, attached to your perceptions and judgments and personal trauma history, your therapist is like a drone hovering over the entire highway who doesn’t have these blind spots. Your therapist can view the big picture and point out the things you may be missing to help you become a more confident and capable driver, and get you where you want to go.
Essentially, therapy helps you to think differently. You may realize that the people who broke you were also broken people. You might find that your insistence on perfection is hurting not only yourself, but everyone you love. You may have an epiphany about what it is you want in life, and how to live in alignment with your personal values.
No matter what you experience, your therapist will be your biggest cheerleader, pushing you towards your personal vision of utopia and supporting you when you stumble along the way!
You don't have to go it alone.
Sometimes, strength means asking for support
“Pull yourself up by your bootstraps!”
We’ve all heard the saying, and many of us have tried to live by it. The funny thing is that this saying originated in the 1800’s as an example of an impossible task– pulling yourself over a fence by the straps of your boots. It was appropriated as something we should strive for: as if by working alone, we should be able to achieve the impossible.
What about “Two heads are better than one”? Your inner perfectionist may try to tell you that you’re a failure if you can’t complete an impossible task alone, but the truth is that human beings are better together. You don’t have to do everything all by yourself; asking for support to reach your goals is a sign of strength.