Ever feel like your life is out of balance?
Do you struggle in relationships?
Do you feel like something is “wrong” with you that stops you from reaching your goals.
Does the stress of your day-to-day life get in the way of working towards bigger goals?
Do you wish you had better coping skills? Or maybe you repress emotions in order to keep on moving?
Do you wish you were more self-aware?
Adulting is challenging! You will never feel like a master of any age or stage. This is because it will always be your first time there, whether you are 30 years old or 70. At MCCC we provide therapy for young adults, adults, and young-at-heart adults! It is never too late learn coping skills, improve your relationships, or find inner peace. There doesn’t even have to be something “wrong” in order to do therapy. Therapy is just as much about personal growth as it is about “fixing” something.
Reasons Why Adults Begin 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
Adults vs Young Adults
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 achieve, 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: not being dependent on parents for tasks or emotional regulation when one is capable AND also not rejecting help for tasks or emotions that indeed deserve or require help.
Here’s What To Expect When You Start 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. We’ll 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.
At your first visit you will immediately see that out 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 sterile doctor’s office! We want you to feel comfortable and safe and not stigmatized for being with us.
My Anxiety Is Stopping Me From Getting Help for My Anxiety
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.
You don’t have to feel stuck forever! Begin individual therapy today!
- Contact Montgomery County Counseling Center
- Meet with one of our skilled therapists
- Start improving yourself and your future now!
What MCCC Clients Have Said About Their 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. 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!
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