Linda Solomon, LPC, LCDC, LMFT
Collaborative Facilitator, Therapist, Trainer
Therapy: Helping the “brave at heart” better themselves
Therapy is for the “brave of heart” — those who are willing to take an honest look at themselves and make a commitment to change parts of their lives, or themselves, that may no longer be working in some way. It takes courage just to walk in the door of a therapist’s office, and I always admire those who choose to do so.
I always tell new clients that we will spend the first session interviewing one another. Choosing a therapist is very important, as we all have different styles and approaches. I appreciate it when a new client comes in with a list of questions to learn about my approach to determine if we might be a good fit for working together.
My approach to individual therapy is eclectic. At this time in my career, I tend to work with clients who want to do a small number of sessions to focus on changing one part of themselves, or for clients who are dealing with a crisis in their lives. We will develop a plan together and meet as often as is needed. I am available to meet with clients Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
All of our best and worst qualities can arise when we are in an intimate relationship. Many couples find, at some point, they want a neutral set of eyes and ears to help them identify the issues underlying a power struggle or the same old argument. They also want to learn specific new behaviors or words to use, in order to create stronger connections in their relationships.
One of my favorite sayings is, “If nothing changes, nothing changes.” Couples therapy creates a place for each person to make some commitments to changes, no matter how small or large.
Much of my earlier work has focused on working with couples who have experienced some type of addiction. I continue to work with those concerns, as well as working with couples who want to strengthen their relationships.