Feeling overwhelmed by your therapy?

There can be a number of reasons why people take a break from their therapy sessions, so it’s good for your therapist to know a little bit more so he or she can help you.

Some reasons people stop talking can be:

  • Something feels challenging to talk about.
  • Something your therapist has said is having an impact on you.
  • Maybe even your therapist said something you did not like, for whatever reason.
  • Life is busy and stressful.
  • You are not sure what to say or where to go from here.
  • You are not sure if therapy feels like it is working or you are getting what you need.

Whatever the reason, things come up in therapy, and it’s important to talk about them. Your therapist is there for you and has experience at working past these kinds of things.

As therapists, we want to be understanding and help at finding a solution. Let’s talk about it. We want to help.


Small changes…

Venting My Anger

Myth: I shouldn’t “hold in” my anger. It’s healthy to vent and let it out.

Fact: While it’s true that suppressing and ignoring anger is unhealthy, venting is no better. Anger is not something you have to “let out” in an aggressive way in order to avoid blowing up. In fact, outbursts and tirades only fuel the fire and reinforce your anger problem. It is however, healthy to talk through your feelings of anger with someone who can help calm you…someone who will not “stir the pot,” but help you see it from another angle or help you solve the problem. Who might this person be for you?

-Regina Tate, LPC

Craving Surfing

You can’t always rely on willpower alone when it comes to dealing with cravings. Instead, try this technique the next time you feel that pull to eat outside of your scheduled meal plan. When that thought comes into your head to grab something to eat, simply ask yourself, “Is this a craving, or am I actually hungry?” Consider, cravings often come on like a wave, building as it gets closer to us. We can choose to either give into it or let it wash over us. Set a clock, give yourself 10-15 minutes and during that time, find something non-food related to keep you occupied. At the end of the time, evaluate if you are hungry or not and decide what would would be best for you in the moment.

-Matt Lawson, MA, LPC

Become engaged in your life again

Nearly everyone experiences periods of depression, anxiety, frustration, or feeling stuck, and deciding to seek help is the first, most audacious step in a person’s mental health journey. Licensed in Texas, Kansas, Missouri, Indiana, and Florida, I specialize in the mental health and well-being of individuals and their families in the reproductive years. We will collaborate to discuss ways to increase insight and awareness for you to become more engaged in your own life in a safe, non-judgmental, solution-focused environment with a sense of humor.

Something unique about my practice is my use of Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, which allows us to focus on your changes to help you make progress toward your goals from day one. Together, we will explore how you are coping with the changes in your life and find tools you can use to better manage life transitions.

Additionally, we will work to build communication with your school/work, friends, and loved ones to create the structure and build the coping skills you need to thrive. I specialize in working with people who are experiencing intense reactions to changes, life transitions, feeling overwhelmed, and the disruption all around us.

-Meg Duke, LCSW Supervisor, LSCSW Supervisor, LCDC

Click here to for my contact information to schedule an initial consultation.


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