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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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

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

We are not static. We constantly face circumstances that force us to to explore new perspectives, identify strengths, and develop skills to move forward. Change requires a bit of loss and grief but also joy and growth.

— Katheryn Brauckmann, Clinical Social Worker in King of Prussia, PA

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

When I realized my own judgment, perfectionism, and negative self view where crippling my ability to find meaning in my life I began to change from within and that has made all the difference. I can practice my progress of daily living and free myself from false ideals of perfection. Change is the ever unfolding of the living experience. The more aware and accepting I become the more freedom I embrace.

— donald "keith" montgomery, Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX

Life is never stagnant. If you want to experience wholeness, joy, and purpose in your life but do not know how to achieve these things for yourself, let me help you find what you are missing.

— Lorren Penner, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Jose, CA

The goal of therapy is always personal growth, even in the midst of a crisis. I use a straightforward yet compassionate approach to help you spot the places you need to enlighten, strengthen or heal. We look at your life as an integrated whole, and build the frames you need to hold yourself accountable for your choices , give yourself a break, and challenge yourself to evolve.

— Pashmina Rashad, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Poughkeepsie, NY

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

Therapy is an opportunity to begin to move out of unconscious reaction to life, and engage with new ways of thinking and acting. We will explore all of the things that frustrate and block your growth, remove these obstacles, and build resources for new patterns to emerge.

— Ariadne Thompson, Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakand, CA

If you're someone who values introspection and ongoing growth, there's a good chance that at some point you'll look at where you've landed and realize it doesn't work for you anymore. This might relate to your career, your relationship to others, or even your relationship to yourself. "Personal growth" is an incredibly broad label, but to me it represents the fact that therapy can help with a huge range of issues in which, at our core, we want to make a change but need support in the doing.

— Duff Stoneson, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Austin, TX

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

Therapy isn't just for disorders. In fact, there is a lot of personal growth one can achieve without navigating a disordered life. Understanding the dynamics that emerge between two people is the core of deepening your understanding of your own psyche. This happens in a session and can be applied to all of your relationships in your life.

— Charles Thompson-Shealy, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Kingston, NY

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 North Hollywood, CA

I help clients gain self worth and build self confidence gaining the ability to really like who they are. I work with clients to move past blocks from the past that have held them back and gain control of their lives so they can live a life they choose. We set goals for the future so they can achieve their dreams. My clients receive the ability to heal from the past, gain a positive energy, have the right mindset to achieve the life they desire!

— Deni Abbie, Therapist in Grapevine, TX

There are many expected and unexpected events that demand we grow and change and therapy can be a useful place to explore and gather tools to step into new roles in new ways.

— Eleanor Wohlfeiler, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

Whether you are living with chronic disease or simply want to make improvements to your health, we can work together to create a concrete plan for success. Although we live in a society that demands instant gratification, it is important to remember that real, lasting change does not happen overnight. I want you to reach your goals and celebrate your successes, but more importantly, I want those changes to stick! If you are motivated to make changes, I will support you along the way.

— Jessica Balos, Counselor in Lakewood Ranch, FL

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

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

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— Alicea Martin Pressley, Therapist in Cincinnati, OH

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

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