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  • Writer's pictureDr. Jenny Schaafsma, PhD

Why Counseling?

You, your voice and your story matters and too often we suffer in silence.

At certain times in life, we can all benefit from counseling and having a therapeutic relationship.

Perhaps you've experienced or are experiencing one or more of the following:

- A significant change and adjustment in your life (a new job or loss of a job, termination of a relationship, transition to college, divorce, etc.)

- The loss of a loved one, pet or aspect of your identity

- Family or interpersonal conflict and difficulty setting boundaries

- Drug and/or alcohol abuse

- Challenges with sexual intimacy and low libido

- Feelings of anxiety, sadness guilt, shame, etc that are impacting daily functioning

- Frequent criticism of your body, intelligence, or worth

- Thoughts of wanting to kill yourself

Everyone experiences struggle in their life. The above list is just a few of many reasons people may pursue counseling.

Often I hear people question whether they really need counseling or wonder if their concern is "real" or "bad" enough to warrant getting support from a professional.

I'm here to tell you that there is no hierarchy of emotional challenges that qualifies you for counseling above or below someone else. Your reason(s) for pursuing counseling are valid.

We all could use a little help at some point and a safe place to receive unbiased and empathic support focused on YOU. 

What barriers have prevented you from pursuing counseling?

Counseling Office

If you're interested in pursuing counseling, I'd encourage you to do one or more of the following: contact your insurance to find providers in your area that take you insurance, search on, ask your primary care physician for a referral, if you know someone in your support system attends counseling - ask if they recommend their counselor, or do a google search (possible keywords to consider: counseling [insert city you live in], psychotherapy [insert city], therapy [insert city].

If you live in Grand Rapids, give me a call or send a message via my contact page - I'd love to work with you!

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