You feel like your life is out of balance.
You struggle to maintain relationships.
When you don’t meet your goals, you feel like there’s something “wrong” with you.
The stress of your day-to-day life gets in the way of you living the life you want to live.
When things aren’t going your way, you do things that are out of character. Afterward, you feel embarrassed or unhappy with yourself.
You want to feel confident in your own skin knowing you can handle whatever life throws your way.
Adulting is hard! Although you want to feel like you have it all together and that you’ve mastered the stage of life you’re in, you never do. That’s because life is constantly changing. Rather you’re 20 or 70, counseling can help you feel confident and able to handle those curve balls that life throws at you. At our counseling clinic based in Rockville, MD we provide therapy for young adults, adults, and young-at-heart adults! It is never too late to learn coping skills, improve your relationships, or find inner peace. There doesn’t even have to be something “wrong” in order for you to benefit from therapy. Therapy is just as much about personal growth as it is about “fixing” something.
Common Reasons to Begin Adult Therapy
While everyone experiences stress in their lives, here are some common experiences that you may seek help for in therapy
- feeling inadequate
- imposter syndrome
- difficulties with adjusting to new/changing circumstances
- work stress
- ADHD and/or executive functioning deficits
- mild-to-moderate substance use
- relationship concerns
- socio-political stress
- general for self-improvement
- fears about aging
- parenting stress and struggles
Our Therapy Team offers both Adult & Young Adult Therapy
Young adults have the benefit of more freedoms and also the pressure of more responsibility.
At MCCC we treat both adults and young adults. If you are a young adult seeking counseling for yourself, plan to schedule your own appointments, and are largely financially independent (at least to the extent that we will not need to communicate with your parents for therapy-related coordination and logistics), you are in the right place!
If you are a concerned parent of a young adult seeking counseling on their behalf, you may find relevant information about our approach both here and on our therapy for teens page. Depending on the level of independence your young adult child can manage, we will employ strategies from both teen therapy and adult therapy. The goal, of course, is to build behaviors that strike a balance of developmentally appropriate independence. Ideally, minimizing their dependence on you to complete tasks or for help regulating their emotions when they are capable of doing it themselves.
Individual Adult Therapy for Parenting Challenges
As we say all over our website, mental and behavioral health challenges are cyclical! Your emotions and choices impact those of your children and vice versa. You can never go wrong in helping your family members by helping yourself.
It will always be effective start by working on yourself in adult therapy! Change starts with you and showing your own willingness to better yourself! Then, everyone else will follow suit. Individual therapy is one of the most sustainable ways of changing not just your parenting style but also your child’s mental health.
Here’s What To Expect When You Start Adult Therapy
It doesn’t matter how much you already know about mental health to seek therapy. If you are someone who knows very little, starting can be very scary. This is because you don’t know what to expect. This is COMPLETELY NORMAL! So we can start off slow. Our talented therapists will teach you about mental health (and about therapy in general) to normalize and destigmatize your experiences. You will not be pressured to “spill all your guts” right away.
For adults already well versed in therapy, we know the feeling of having to “start the whole story over again” can really be a pain. We are happy to hear from you what has or hasn’t worked in the past and/or collaborate with previous therapists to make a new beginning easier.
Regardless of how new you are to therapy, there is no rush to fill us in immediately. We will focus on the “now” first and over time we will get to know the important aspects of your history. Vulnerability grows as relationship grows. As your goals continue to feel addressed, you can decide if new goals pop up to explore further or if you feel satisfied with where you are. Therapy can be short term and solutions-focused for some, or life-long and evolving for others. The choice is yours.
We want you to feel comfortable when you come to our counseling clinic
At your first visit, you will immediately see that our office is set up to feel like a homey environment. Our waiting room feels like a large foyer and each treatment space feels like a living room. We are NOT a sterile doctor’s office and we don’t make you lay on the couch during sessions. Our goal is to make you feel comfortable, safe, and not stigmatized when you come to us for counseling.
Here’s a DBT technique to help you feel more comfortable with counseling:
YOU can change your own emotions about getting started by using a DBT skill called Opposite Action. Here’s how it works! If anxiety about getting started is urging you to avoid trying therapy, and you act the urge on that by avoiding, your fear of therapy will continue to grow. Instead, if you do the opposite action of what your emotion is urging (ie: try therapy) you will realize it isn’t so scary after all, your fear will start to shrink.
What MCCC Clients Have Said About Their Adult Therapy Experience
I’ve seen a huge reduction in the frequency I experience urges to use maladaptive coping skills. I’ve also seen an unprecedented increase in my social skills. I also feel a lot more stable and functional than before. And, I like the seamless combination of DBT and traditional talk therapy. I love that my therapist doesn’t tell me what to do (even when I sometimes want her to) but helps me check the facts and come to my own skillful decisions.
From the first time we met, I felt very comfortable that you were going to listen, be understanding, and genuinely wanted to help me. I feel empowered that by using the tools you taught me, I’m able to handle much of my anxiety on my own. Thank you for all the time and energy you put into your practice!
I don’t have enough words to write about how much I love therapy! I’ve gained self confidence, boundaries, and anxiety management techniques. And I love the new office space!
You don’t have to feel stuck forever! Begin individual adult therapy in Rockville, MD or online today!
As an adult, it can be challenging to make time to care for your own mental health and wellness. But, taking time to do this can help you conquer life’s challenges with confidence, knowing you’ve got this! To begin therapy in Rockville, MD or online therapy in VA or MD:
- Contact Montgomery County Counseling Center
- Meet with one of our skilled therapists
- Start improving yourself and your future now!
Other Services offered at Montgomery County Counseling:
Our Rockville, MD counseling center is located near Washington DC and offers a variety of therapy services for the entire family. Our mental health services include dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), parent coaching, family therapy, child therapy, teen therapy, and couples counseling. We also offer an online parenting class for parents of struggling teens or young adults. Due to COVID-19, we are running a support group for college students, and an Aspiring to Allyship in Anti-Racism group. Also, we provide supervision opportunities for mental health professionals seeking their professional license. Reach out to our counseling clinic to learn more about the many ways we can help you or your family heal and thrive.
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