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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To the part of you that knows that life is out there waiting for you, that you deserve joy and joy deserves you, that life is abundant and is ready for YOU! I am here to say YES! Let's do this together, let's grab the past by it's horns, front and center, let's hear it roar, until it moans no more. Let's tame it together and let it retire. The present will enter with all it's glory and it's messed up moments. The difference is that those moments will just be "messed up" and not a reflection of how worthy you are.

— Natalia El-Sheikh, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Castro Valley, CA

We are always growing, changing, and learning throughout our lives. I want to help you find your inner strength and direction so that you can experience the power of your own life story.

— Stephanie Weeden, Marriage & Family Therapist in Golden, CO

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

Personal growth is always a part of therapy but is not always at the forefront of therapy goals. I incorporate concepts from positive psychology and life coaching with clients in order to assist clients 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 and makes you come alive. I use somatic awareness around the experience of joy to help clients identify and make decisions from that place.

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

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

Our personal development never ends and it impacts many parts of our lives. Personal development shapes how we feel about ourselves and helps to define our purpose in life. Developing positive life skills will enhance our existence and emotional wellness. If this is the direction that you want to move into, then therapy is the place for you even if Hope Psychotherapy is not a fit for you. Call us today for a free phone consultation.

— Diana Hope, Counselor in Mcdonough, GA

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 have dedicated my life to personal growth. Whether this entails healing from trauma or from spiritual exploration, maturity, relational experiences, life transitions, or pure philosophical and existential questioning-- I have spent years at it on a personal and professional level. Utilizing a transpersonal approach to mental health counseling and art therapy, together we will walk the steps forward with clarity, confidence, and guidance.

— Paula Santos, Art Therapist in Longmont, CO

I work with clients to increase awareness through processing life experiences that gives and allows space to finding connection between the mental, emotional, and physical self to reveal your own personal growth potential, and put it into practice.

— Krystal Marcinkiewicz, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Beaverton, 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

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

Many, if not all, of life circumstances are compatible with an engaged approach to personal growth. Many people are compelled to pursue personal growth in the midst of hardship, but the absence of crisis is also suitable. Increasing well being, peace of mind, and contentment is not a problem to be fixed but a life long endeavor that is central to the human experience. There are many ways to be engaged and intentional with personal growth. Psychotherapy is one powerful way of focusing on personal growth that can fit the unique needs of the individual.

— Wes Harris, Counselor in Portland, OR

Helping people realize the potential within themselves is one of my passions in life. Whether you're looking to move up in your career, improve on a skill, reach a more complete level of acceptance, or want to explore a more abstract route in self-discovery, I am able to help. I have learned that a more hybrid role of coach and therapist is beneficial for facilitating personal growth.

— Robert Hinojosa, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Little Rock, AR

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

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

I truly enjoy working with people who are in a life transition of some kind. Whether that be relocating, life after school, addiction recovery, new job, end/beginning of relationship, new parent, or a period of personal self discovery. From a strengths-based approach, I aid clients in discovering who it is they want to be in the world and how to utilize their strengths in order make it a reality. Through our work together you will develop a thorough understanding of how your strengths support your best self, and how to manage challenges that inevitably get in the way at times.

— Simone Reed, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Austin, TX

My services help others to experience deep, life changing growth.

— Mike Doogan, Counselor in Portland, OR

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

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

Therapy is a place to build safety and trust with another human being so you can begin to unpack, examine, and rebuild your internal world in an intentional way. Using creative interventions, we will work together to reduce stress, transform pain, and access inner wisdom. By having control over your creative process, you'll also begin to feel more capable of effecting change in your life.

— Christy Booth, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

If you are part of the human race, it means that you have struggled with self-esteem, self-compassion, and self-doubt at some point in your life. Many of us have had questions, such as “Am I enough,” “Am I good enough,” “do people even like me,” or “why do things seem so much more difficult for me?” Resilient counseling uses a variety of techniques with the basic principle that the client has the strength and expertise to solve their own problems.

— Heights Family Counseling, Counselor in Houston, TX

Helping to guide yourself on a journey to find an even more incredible to understanding yourself.

— Casey Cullen, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Dallas, TX

In an effort to survive the struggles of early life or cope with present-day stressors, we often become disconnected from ourselves, needs and innate internal resources. We also may lack connection and nurturance during these difficult times, making them even more challenging to navigate. My own journey towards emotional healing and growth has come most easily through safe connections with another. By offering a compassionate and supportive atmosphere suited specifically to your needs, I aim to be that safe place for you to explore your deepest feelings without judgement. During our work together, we can explore these areas of deep suffering or disconnection, their current impact and how they are preventing you from living fully. I truly believe that when we can begin to feel, we can finally begin to heal. It would be my privilege to support you on this difficult, yet enlightening journey of self-discovery and healing.

— April Snow, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

My treatment orientation, Person-Centered Therapy, along with Contemplative and Existential therapies, lends itself to the pursuit and attainment of personal goals, due to its focus on you, how you feel and who you are as a person. I do not judge, and am non-directive. The introspection involved helps to clarify your values and goals. My training in CBT can aid in the realization of these goals and ideals in real time. My advancing years lend me perspective and what I occasionally like to think of, in my hubris, as wisdom.

— Susan Rooney, Counselor in Portland, OR

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

Did your self-esteem and self-confidence walk out the door when your relationship ended? Sometimes we become so enmeshed in our relationships that we lose sight of who we are as individuals. We give and give and give until there is nothing left of ourselves. Then, we are faced with painful questions such as “Who am I?”, “How did I get here?”, and “Will I be OK?”. Counseling can help you regain your independence and self-confidence.

— ALICIA CLAYBON, Counselor in Montgomery, AL

When it comes to personal growth, one area that we don't talk enough about is finances; particularly our relationship with money--be it a negative relationship or a positive one. A negative relationship with money impacts many areas of one's life: the way we spend our money or hold on to it tightly, whether we negotiate for a salary increase or take what is offered. As you build a healthy relationship with yourself & others, don't forget to build a healthy relationship with your money.

— Nicole Boston, Licensed Professional Counselor in Florissant, MO

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 Acradia, CA

In my framework, I sincerely believe that everyone has great potential. Our collaboration will help you expand your awareness, to gently and non-judgmentally explore and untangle that which is trapping you and making you feel stuck. By expanding your awareness, you may experience the freedom to make meaningful choices, develop or recover the courage to express your authentic self, and cultivate fulfilling relationships.

— Roby Shamas, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Jose, CA

I believe in the power of meeting one on one with individuals to help them become who they really want to be. In today's world, we don't sit still long enough to know ourselves and this makes it difficult to achieve intimacy (with ourselves first, and others second). When you offer me the privilege of sitting with you in the truly terrible and the truly beautiful- I take that seriously and I am fully engaged in helping you sit with yourself and know yourself to enhance your intimacy with yourself and others.

— Molly Johnson, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Phoenix, AZ

My passions in working with individuals: -Exploring relational patterns and ways of connecting to others -Exploring family of origin concerns -Exploring spirituality -Building a connection with self -Empowering individuals to find a voice in relationships -Overcoming feelings of shame

— Alex Barnette, Counselor in Austin, TX

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

Each human being has the potential to achieve great things. You are only limited by the barriers that you place on yourself.

— Willard Vaughn, Licensed Professional Counselor in Hampton, VA

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 use a non-directive, strengths-based approach with therapeutic flexibility for the benefit of my clients across the lifespan. Offering a safe space of understanding fosters potential for self-enhancing and pro-social growth.

— Jennifer Cobb, Associate Professional Counselor in Charlotte, NC

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

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

We are perpetually healing, growing and learning, but sometimes the process gets stuck. How many times have you said to yourself, 'There's got to be more to life than this?' Or maybe you know what you want but have yet to make it real in your life. There is a reason change is hard. I look forward to sharing what I know and powerful questions that will stimulate growth and change.

— Kerry Ogden, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

I believe personal growth is one of the main factors that leads to healthier relationships. A hinder in personal growth will hinder growth in relationships. Through my therapeutic relationship with my clients, I can provide further and deeper exploration in different areas that will increase self-awareness and insight which leads to personal growth.

— Pak Poon, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in South Pasadena, 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