What do therapists actually do

What do therapists actually do for you? 15 Things they can do (and 6 Things they Can’t)

As a therapist in Sierra Madre, I often get asked “What do therapists actually do”? For a clearer picture of how therapy can help, I've listed 15 things therapists can do for you and 6 things they can't.     In this post: Sierra Madre Therapist Rachel Engels will answer the question “what do therapists actually do for you.” In this post, she lists 15 things therapists can help with and 6 things they can't.   By Rachel Engels, MA, Registered Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Sierra Madre.   How do you really know whether therapy is...

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Is there Affordable Counseling in downtown Los Angeles?

Short answer? Yes, there is affordable counseling in downtown Los Angeles. I know it's challenging to find affordable counseling in Downtown Los Angeles. It's even harder making room in your budget for therapy when you live in Downtown Los Angeles. EVERYTHING is expensive: rent, food, and parking. These high costs are often the reason why many therapists in the downtown Los Angeles area charge so much more compared to other areas. Don't worry if the cost is the biggest factor standing between you and connecting with a therapist in LA. The cost of...

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5 Steps to Understanding Your Anger and Handling It Effectively

by Crystal Clements, Psychological Assistant, PhD

 

anger counselingAnger can be a normal and healthy emotion. So why is it often so problematic? Here are a few signs that your anger may be harmful rather than helpful:

 

  • I’m often told I have a “bad temper”
  • Others distance themselves from me when I’m angry
  • Expressing anger leads to fighting
  • I don’t feel understood when I’m angry

 

Let’s take some time to understand anger in a different way.

5 Steps to Effective Conflict Resolution

by Crystal Clements, Psychological Assistant, PhD   Conflict resolution can be difficult for most couples. Often we fear that our partner won’t be open to what we have to say. We may think our partner doesn’t care about how we feel, or that they just don’t have the capacity to understand. This often results in a patter of forcing our perspective on each other or avoiding conflict resolution altogether.   Couples who struggle with conflict resolution have trouble getting back to normal. Instead, they tend to feel isolated, even when they're together.   Whether you find that...

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Why Do Premarital Counseling?

by Bekke Abe

 

premarital counselingStatistics shows that divorce affects a variety of couples. It affects those who share the same religious beliefs, who are educated or not educated, the rich, the poor, the young, the old, those with children, and those living in the city or living out in the country. So, in the midst of the rising divorce rate, the question then arises: Why get married? Why is marriage important?

As couples get further into their relationship and their love starts to deepen, they start to think about whether or not to take the next step, which is marriage. Figuring out how to handle preparing for talking about marriage, children, finances, in-laws, and other personal problems, can trigger anxiety, worries, and doubts.

 

So, what do couples think about when it comes to taking the next step? 

  • How do I know if we are meant for each other?
  • Is my partner’s value and beliefs aligned with mine?
  • What is the big plan? Do we want children? Where do we want to live?
  • What is the expectation in regard to time spent with extended family?
  • What things do I not know about my partner?

 

So, what things should one start thinking about when it comes to taking that next step?