Personal Growth

Personal growth, or personal development, takes place over the course of your entire life. As human beings, we are constantly learning lessons, changing and growing. Personal growth can refer to anything that improves or increases your awareness and identity, enhances your quality of life or contributes to the realization of your dreams and aspirations. There is no one way to achieve personal growth. However, successful personal growth typically requires motivation and a willingness to make changes. A qualified mental health therapist can help guide you on your journey. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s personal growth experts today.

Meet the specialists

If you knew how to put to use and implement all those tools and tips and tricks you’ve learned from all those webinars, podcasts, workshops and self-help books you’ve already invested in, you wouldn’t be on my website. You are here because you know what’s NOT working and you want help on the “how-to’s” to step into where you want to be. You are here because you need a kick in the pants, some accountability, a bit of hand-holding and support along your journey

— Joanne Royer, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

Music strategies, both instrumental and vocal, are designed to facilitate changes. Music selections and certain active music making activities are modified for client preferences and individualized needs to: Explore personal feelings and therapeutic issues such as self-esteem or personal insight Improved self-image/Increased self-esteem Decreased anxiety/agitation Increased verbalization Enhanced interpersonal relationships

— Megan Dozler, Creative Art Therapist in Napa, CA

Being comfortable with our life as it is, does not just mean that we are ok with the external elements in our life, such as our job, where we live, our relationships. It also means that we have some degree of comfort and security in our sense of self. The self can be understood as the system that organizes our experience. It consists of the sensations, feelings, thoughts, and attitudes we have toward ourself and towards the world.

— Kathy Hicks, Counselor in Whitehouse, TX

I believe that the process of evolving is ongoing, and with each new year comes a new set of lessons to be learned. I believe that the process of growing is all about perspective. We are all entitled to our feelings, and are worthy of feeling them, but sometimes what happens is that we get stuck between a rock and a hard place with seemingly no way out, and at that point, it's okay to ask for help because that is what self-empowerment is all about.

— Darya Potyagova, Clinical Social Worker in Woodland Hills, CA

Feeling stuck can be one of the most paralyzing states. We cannot change what we are not aware of. With curiousity as our leader lets become aware of what you are feeling and why you are feeling it. Once awareness is gained we cannot help but change. By leaning in we can begin to move!

— Aimee Grimm, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Montrose, CA

When you summon courage and curiosity to shine a light in the dark and unloved places in your body-mind you find gifts and parts of you who are ready to be cherished and accepted. It is hard to imagine anything more essential than learning to love one's self.

— Jodi Alieksaites, Licensed Professional Counselor in Boulder, CO

My practice focuses on high-achieving adults and teens who want more out of life. Many people feel stuck, even though their lives appear to be going pretty well. They might feel overwhelmed with self-critical thoughts, struggle to find fulfilling relationships, or simply feel like something's missing. That's where I come in. I help my clients to worry less, enjoy life more, build better relationships, and gain the insight and tools they need to move past stuck points.

— Kendra Kirsonis, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA

As a holistic, humanistic, and experiential counselor I work with you to discover your best, multi-faceted, most vibrant self. This can include the realms of relationships, spirituality, mental health, physical health, and rediscovery of innate wisdom. You may have concerns, struggles, or challenges but I believe in your ability to grow and define who you are.

— Katrina Knizek, Counselor in Spokane, WA

Personal growth is always a part of therapy but not always at the forefront of therapy goals. I incorporate concepts from positive psychology and life coaching with clients in order to assist them in identifying what they want out of life rather than focusing on what they don't want- this is the part of therapy where you get to explore what inspires you! I use somatic (bodily) awareness to help clients make decisions based on following their joy.

— Megan Miller, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in North Bend, OR

I believe that we are all seeking to learn and grow as humans. A passion I have is helping people learn how they can find growth through negative experiences. I feel that we often get stuck when we face these trials and tribulations, becoming unable to move through and grow from them. I help people find ways to slow life down so they can enjoy each moment, recognizing their own growth and self-fulfillment.

— Kyle Stepler, Counselor in Greenwood, IN

Together we will identify areas you would like to focus on for your personal journey. No matter what you are facing, it can be helpful to talk to someone who can remain objective and offer insight into what you are thinking and feeling. I can help you discover ways to over-come patterns that hold you back from being fulfilled and experiencing peace.

— Kesha Martin, Counselor in San Antonio, TX

If you are looking to increase your insight and become more real, more present in your life, we might be a good fit for each other. I'm passionate about growth work! I have focused much of my individual counseling work on introspection and meaning-making, supporting clients who are not just seeking symptom relief but seeking to thrive. I use Internal Family Systems as my main modality for counseling because it's effective for getting access to and being able to live from a place of centeredness.

— Kelly Arthur, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Portland, OR

I believe therapy goes beyond working to resolve problems and reduce negative emotions. My focus incorporates using Positive Psychology, Narrative Therapy, and Acceptance Commitment Therapy to build toward the person you want to become in your life and in your every day lived experience.

— Craig Beeson, Psychologist in Santa Cruz, CA

I am devoted to the idea of helping women, especially mothers, to achieve personal growth and fulfillment. From my perspective, it is not necessary for us to give up our interests, dreams, and personal development when we become moms. In fact, I believe that the opposite is true. We need moms who are willing to grow mentally, emotionally, socially, and spiritually. Moms who want to grow into their best selves, so that they can in turn give their best to their children and partners and provide a wonderful example of motherhood and womanhood for the next generation. This involves accepting our imperfect nature, being real and vulnerable, and being willing to learn from our mistakes. It means broadening our perspectives and our horizons. It means reaching for our potential and inspiring those around us-- including our kids-- to do the same.

— Raquel Muller, Psychologist in Tigard, OR

I have had the privilege of taking different trainings as well as classes that looked at human change. I have been able to process with clients what growth means to them. I believe that coming from this approach allows both the client and the therapist to be on the same page working toward the same goals together. I believe that all change is growth, and I would be honored to walk alongside you as we journey toward growth.

— PeriAnne VanBelois, Counselor in Grand Rapids, MI

One of the first questions I ask people is, "why do you think you are like you are?" Change and growth start with gaining insight into who we are as people. When we understand ourselves well and how the world we live in affects us, it gives us room to be empowered. We grow and learn when we get outside our comfort zones. It's how we learn everything. When we do this we can start living authentic and genuine loves and be truly content.

— Gordon Brewer, Counselor in Kingsport, TN

Life constantly presents opportunities to reflect on past actions, the wounds and desires that drive us, and chances to do things differently. Therapy provides a place to examine any area of life, without all the agendas and pressures that accompany them. It can be focused in many different ways, from staging a dialogue between different parts of your personality, to using archetypal images to illuminate areas of inquiry, to integrating a dream or altered state. Therapy has also been a primary part of my own personal growth for many years.

— Michael MacLafferty, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

My website is because I focus on tools that help us grow. Neurogenesis and neuro-plasciticy enables us to create new pathways for change. We can process emotions in our mind and body, change our narratives, drop old believes that no longer serve us, take on new values and beliefs, and therefore be more kind and compassionate to ourselves and others. Guilt, Shame, and Anxiety block our core emotions. We are able to access these emotions and feel ourselves again.

— Debbie Yoro, Clinical Social Worker in Beaverton, OR