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.

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— Alicea Martin Pressley, Therapist in Cincinnati, OH

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

I am excited about helping clients move to a place where they are truly happy with their lives. I have noticed that many people have programming that leads them to be harsh with themselves and to actually sabotage their own growth and happiness. I help people to be more mindful and aware of when they are doing this so that they can develop true self compassion. I am convinced that this leads to a people growing in the ways they were always meant to grow.

— Katie Fenton-Strauss, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Francisco, CA

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

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

Growing in relationship with self and others, determining values and dreams, achieving goals, understanding (To stand under) the past to reduce suffering and increase ease in the present and embrace the future with openness. Understanding our dependency needs and moving from a place of dependency and instability to a place of connection and higher purpose (a sacredness to embrace growth and creation in our lives)

— David Eshleman, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Hermosa Beach, CA

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

Personal growth in my opinion is the ability to be aware that we have space in ourselves, that is yet to be honed. It is to retrospect, process, adapt, adjust, change, correct, appreciate, and make ourselves better and better with each day. I love working for personal growth because I feel such gratitude when I sense something shifting in each of us, that which makes us realize that this life is worth living, where it and each one of us is to be appreciated for what we are.

— Diya Sen, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Jose, CA

I enjoy working with people who utilize therapy as a tool for assessment, introspection and expansion. Often times, we humans get stuck in patterns of thoughts and behaviors that block our truest and happiest selves. It is my hope that therapy interrupts this pattern, explores more of the truth and points people in the direction of their fullest self.

— Kelly Storck, Counselor in St. Louis, MO

Who am I? What do I want to become? These were questions my clients often asked in my work at a college counseling center and in my private practice. You don't need a diagnosis to want to grow and evolve--I've seen how therapy and GIM can help you grow into a more insightful, resilient, and self-actualized person.

— Hannah Lingafelt, Therapist in Asheville, NC

Helping individuals develop insight and self awareness to promote change and growth in identified areas of stress.

— Cynthia Goeller, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in ,

Unfortunately, psychotherapy has a stigma that it is only for people with a mental health diagnosis. This is so unfortunate! Of course, therapy can be of great benefit to people with mental health issues, however, most of the people I work with are ordinary people with ordinary life problems that have become too uncomfortable to deal with alone: relationship issues, career challenges, stress, anxiety, etc. Therapy gives people an opportunity to take a deeper look at the issues in their lives that are causing discomfort and to find new ways to respond.

— Marla Cass, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

Utilizing systems of meaning making such as Astrology, tarot, spirituality, etc. to cultivate self-love and self-acceptance.

— Carlyn "Charlie" Delavan, Therapist in Seattle, WA

I think all people are capable of growth and enjoy helping people achieve their personal goals. I will help you identify strategies that will help you meet your goals. I am straightforward and encouraging.

— Beth Orns, Counselor in Columbia, MO

I will help you gain the confidence you need to trust yourself and move forward with your best ideas and plans. I will give you the feedback you need and assist you in creating practical strategies for moving forward. Your experience with me will give you new tools, resources and connections that will allow for your growth.

— Tracy Braden, Counselor in Portland, OR

a fair number of my clients tend to be psychotherapists in training. they come into therapy in order to learn how to do therapy. studying about psychological issues they often identify their own issues and want to address them and resolve them as far as possible. i enjoy working with them as they know all the concepts and the lingo, they are sold on the value of therapy and ready to do the work.

— Meenal Chaudhari, Counselor in Downtown Saratoga, CA

Therapy is a journey towards personal growth - emotionally, spiritually and even towards physical health. I am honored to experience this journey with each of my clients.

— Elizabeth Pankey-Warren, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Boca Raton, FL

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 grow into a better (as you define it) version of yourself, I will work with you to set goals, identify strategies and provide psychoeducation to reach the potential you are hoping for.

— Jessica Harvey, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Portland, OR

Want to learn how to manage stress, be more resilient at work, change your career, develop your emotional intelligence, find a compatible partner, or explore your identity? I can support you and help you explore your journey of change. We can explore issues of development as a young adult or explore challenges of aging with purpose and meaning.

— Laurice Adams, Psychotherapist in New York, NY

If you are looking to make major changes in your life but feel uncertain about your direction, or method, or steps to take, I can assist you with personality assessments, values inventories or goal setting. If you find that you can get started on self development goals but have difficulty staying consistent, I can help. I absolutely LOVE working with individuals who thrive with the help of a trusted, neutral, personal cheerleader!

— Candice Smith, MA, LPC, Licensed Professional Counselor in Gilbert, AZ