Adult Counseling

Adult Counseling

As you look at the choices you’ve made you wrestle with your thoughts and feelings, questioning who you are or how can you do life differently. Perhaps you find yourself:

  • Not being the spouse or parent you want to be

  • In a marriage or relationship that feels dead or impossible

  • Still single

  • In and out of relationships and can't figure how to settle down

  • Stuck in a pattern of destruction

  • Seeing the world in black and white

  • Lost and hopeless

  • Exasperated

  • Overwhelmed

  • At the end of self

  • At the end of circumstances

  • At the end of relationship

  • Feeling less than

  • Wanting to do life differently

  • See yourself differently

  • Conquer challenges more effectively

  • Not live life in fast forward missing the important things in life

Counseling for adults in their 20's

Young Adults

"Growing up sucks" is how our young adults put it.  Having to figure out life and do this thing called adult life can be overwhelming and challenging at best.  Being a young adult wasn't the same when your parents were growing up.  The navigation and challenges that come with it all is paralyzing at best.  Catch your breath because at Traveling Light Counseling we will help you with the transition by helping you:

  • discover your power, in order to feel confident and comfortable making big decisions.

  • get in touch with the things you value most in order to clarify your paths relationally, personally and professionally

  • unload and offload any baggage you have been carrying around from your childhood in order that you can go into the next chapter of life lighter and freer.

  • develop skills in order to live a fulfilling life, full of balance and intentionality.

  • find normalcy in your new reality in order to not only survive all the challenges and transitions but survive and grow.

 

Working through Grief & Loss

Managing Intense Emotions

Transitioning to Peace

Intense emotions can be paralyzing!  Ever feel like your feelings call the shots.  If you feel angry you react angrily rather than seeing the emotion as an indicator and having a response to a situation.  Catch your breath because at Traveling Light Counseling we will help you manage intense emotions:

  • understand, manage and overcome anxiety in order to walk through life with more peace and control

  • understand, manage and overcome depression in order to walk through life with a mind that is still and not trying to escape.

  • understand and manage your anger in order that you build relationships and are less stressed.

  • work through feelings of overwhelm and/or panic in order to make the choices you need to make, go the places you want to and need to go and be in the relationships you desire most.

  • learn the connection between your thoughts, feelings and actions in order to walk through life with a greater of awareness and clearer perspective.

End of Self, circumstances or relationships

Grief & Loss

Grief and loss is a painful journey as grief comes in all shapes and sizes and doesn't care what season of life your in or what you have going on.  It's unpredictable.  It holds you hostage until you work the steps.  Catch your breath because at Traveling Light Counseling we will help you manage the waves of grief that comes with both unexpected and expected loss:

  • work through the cycle of grief and pain in order to process through the steps of grief in a healthy way, in your own time frame and in your own way

  • create a coping tool kit in order to navigate the triggers in life.

  • reestablish a new norm in order to live a life with intention and meaning.

  • create and strengthen your support system in order to connect and not be isolated

  • acknowledge that any loss, big or small is significant

Reconnecting with Self

"Who Am I"?  Perhaps you are that adult that somewhere down the journey of life you lost your way and/or yourself.  You've somehow learned to survive through life on auto piolt.  You'd love to reconnect with yourself and perhaps even love yourself in ways you never have before.  Navigating through life's up's and down's takes it's tool on us and it's so easy in the journey of life to lose sight of self.  Catch your breath because at Traveling Light Counseling we will help you rediscover yourself:​

  • get in touch with the things you value most in order to clarify your paths relationally, personally and professionally

  • unload and offload any baggage you have been carrying around from your childhood in order that you can go into the next chapter of life lighter and freer.

  • learn and implement healthy boundaries in order to live a more balanced and happier life with improved relationship patterns

  • increase self confidence and self esteem in order to confidently walk through life 

  • increase self awareness and self love in order to be the best version of self with no regrets.

  • gain a new perspective on life in order to travel lighter and brighter

  • transform your mindset in order to manage your thought closet, make intentional choices and live in gratitude

  • create healthy lifestyle choices in order to implement good self care.

What The Counseling Process Looks Like

 

Counseling (or therapy, psychotherapy) is the process of meeting with a therapist (or counselor) in order to reduce internal suffering which occurs in the form of problematic behaviors, beliefs, feelings and somatic responses (sensations in the body).  In addition, ongoing psychotherapy is a useful means of self-growth and self-discovery.  It is meant to help you build coping skills to be able to handle negative experiences and emotions. Together with a counselor, you will learn, grow, explore, unpack and understand yourself, your world your suffering and your experiences with new perspective, insight and clarity.  Therapy can also help people to resolve barriers which interfere with positive qualities such as joy, compassion, peace, self-esteem, spiritual connection and love.  Many people enjoy therapy and relish the journey of becoming more conscious about themselves, their inner world and their relationships.  Therapy can also be an effective tool in overcoming the effects of trauma and abuse.  

 

You and your therapist will meet together weekly for 45-minute sessions. Therapy is best done with at least an 8-week commitment. We find that clients who cannot commit to at least 8 weekly sessions and meet less than weekly tend to have more difficulty in establishing a relationship with their therapist and often spend their sessions recapping the previous weeks instead of focusing on forward movement (but there are exceptions).  Despite the 8 week recommendation the process and therapy is a unique process and is discussed during the intake and assessment phase.  After 8 weekly sessions, you and your therapist can discuss the movement toward your treatment goals and whether reducing sessions to biweekly or terminating therapy is the next step as this a process that is very personalized to everyones unique situation.

Here's what to expect:

Intake & Assessment: 1-2 Sessions


During this initial sessions, you will meet with your therapist to define the counseling relationship, discuss the details of informed consent and begin the rapport building process. Your therapist will gather information about you and your biological, psychological, and social history and how this is impacting your current situation. You will also discuss the goals of therapy going forward together.




Treatment


Together, in each subsequent session, your counselor will give space for you to be able to talk and work through the sitaution, problem, truama, grief or stressor that brought you to counseling. The counselor will use various strategies from DBT techniques, CBT, art therapy,and homework that promote healthy communication, emotional expression, improved problem solving skills and much more. Therapists at Traveling Light focus on providing a safe and comfortable place for you to process and discuss your heart and mind. During our work together, you will learn skills to help you navigate the twist, turns and pitfalls in your life.




Termination: Final Session


In your final session, you and the therapist will review the treatment goals to ensure you are satisfied with your counseling experience and that the work with your therapist has met your expectations and needs. A relapse prevention plan will be discussed in addtion to ways to effectively implement all you have learned outside of session.




Phasing Out


In your final sessions, you and the therapist will review the treatment goals to ensure you are satisfied with your counseling experience and that the work with your therapist has met your expectations and needs. Sessions will be staggared as we prepare for termination. This is a time to make sure that you are ready to start the next chapter of life with more independence and can effectively utilize the skills and tools learned in sessions.




What's my role as a client?


Your main responsibilities are to attend your scheduled individual and/or group sessions with a commitment to learning about yourself, how you relate to others, and how you can make changes in your life to reach your desired goals. Giving thought to what you would like to gain from counseling is important in setting those goals (an early step in the process). While your counselor may assist you in formulating your goals and developing a plan for meeting them, you will benefit most from entering counseling with a commitment to actively making positive changes in your life. You may find it helpful to note cirucmstatnces, relationships, or events in your life that are troubling or create problems for you. Your counselor may ask you to consider the process by which these situations negatively affect you and may encourage you to try a new startegy or to experiment with different approaches to help you achieve the positive change you are seeking. For counseling to be most effective it is important that you are willing to challenge and stretch yourself to follow through on implementing the strategies and skills you are learning. Open communication is important to forming an effective partnership with your counselor. Let him/her know when problems are improving as well as when you don't feel like you are making the progress you desire.





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