Wow. This is hard. Or maybe it’s not. But, it’s probably hard. If your child has recently come out as identifying on the LGBTQ+ spectrum, you might have said this is hard to yourself. Although we desire our children to grow up and live the way that feels right for them, we also create certain aspirations for them.
First off, it’s important to give meaning to the phrase “coming out.” Coming out means that a person who identifies as a sexual or gender minority- as in gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and so on- lets others know their identity.
It might be shocking to read (and hard to admit), but there are some therapists that won’t be a good fit for you or the right counselor for what you need. There might even be some therapist who you think do “bad therapy!”
Just like the intake session, the termination session is a bit different than other sessions you have had. Experiencing a healthy good-bye is a powerful thing so it’s important to have a termination session. We want to provide you with a little of what to expect from it.
Technically, you’re correct. Goals are, in essence, the “end game” of therapy. The purpose of therapeutic goals are to get you to a point where you feel confident that you can live your life the way you want to live it. Treatment goals are a collaboration between you and your therapist. We want you to know that your therapist will want to work on whatever it is you want to work on.
You’ve done it! You have scheduled your first appointment. Now, what happens during that first session? Here’s a preview to help you gather why the session is the way it is. From the intake forms to the second you reschedule, we wanted to provide you with a little of what to expect.
Here are simple ways to find a counselor that’s right for you. It’s imperative that you find one who fits for you - we’ll walk you through how. The Counseling Hub offers counseling in Columbia, Mo, and specializes in couples counseling and individual counseling.
Confidence is a gift only you can give yourself. What we want for you to do is to engage in some self-assessments and realize that you have qualities and knowledge that others can appreciate. All of us (yes, all of us) can be secure in the situation that we are in. Nobody is stopping you from being confident in yourself. And we're going to help.
Making positive changes to better yourself are great. Allowing yourself to utilize confidence and patience to implementing those changes are great as well. However, we are only human. We slip up at times and forget to utilize the skills that we have worked so hard to obtain. Don’t allow this minor slip up to consume you.
Let the work begin! Well, that may sound a little over ambitious. Start with the small things to get going. It’s a difficult process and this is supposed to make you feel better, not overwhelmed. Try different things and see how that feels.