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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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

Personal growth is a term that covers a lot of ground. For me, it's a deeply held value and a way of living life. I believe that each of us has the capacity throughout our lives to move toward more satisfaction in life, and this often involves growth and change. If you're interested in not only moving through what you're facing, but also in learning and growing from it, I'd like to work with you.

— Nichole Hart, Counselor in Silverthorne, CO

For me, personal growth tends to consist of some key ingredients: mindfulness, self-awareness, compassion to oneself and others, effective communication skills, boundary setting abilities, knowing ones values, and living a life in line with one's values. I aim to support people in adding and cultivating these ingredients, along with other aspects/qualities that go into one's concept of personal growth.

— Jessica Israelstam, Psychotherapist in ,

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

Yes! This is what it's all about. Remembering those dreams you used to have about who you wanted to be. Remember Play? When was the last time you allowed yourself to play with childish abandon? The last time you sang out loud? What were the fantasies you used to have, about who you were going to become, before you grew up and found out how hard Adulting could be? Wouldn't it be nice to feel like that again? Let's work on that.

— Lina Lewis-Arevalo, Licensed Professional Counselor in , NJ

Personal growth is the human condition. We are constantly evolving and changing, and as we do we often encounter obstacles to that movement. Dismantling these obstacles often means learning from them and integrating that insight into our growing selves. Therapy offers the space to investigate these challenges and develop new ways to grow past them or with them.

— Alison Picard, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in South Pasadena, CA

Growth and change happen through self examination and reflection, and through interpersonal relationships. The therapy relationship is one in which we can be curiosity about your unique ways of relating to self and others and to adjust unhelpful pattern to make way for positive growth.

— Carly Trombley, Psychotherapist in Seattle, WA

Personal growth is core to every session that I have. I understand that clients come to counseling to grow. Rather that is growing out of something, growing into who they are destined to be, growing into a better version of themselves, growing in their careers, growing in their relationships or as parents, or growing knowledge about themselves. I believe that having the tools to increase self motivation is optimal in personal growth.

— Arielle Feggins, MS, ALC, Associate Professional Counselor in Huntsville, AL

I am thrilled to work with people who want to move beyond survival mode and explore areas of the self that have always felt out of reach.

— Jess Gioia, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

Depression Post Partum Depression Anxiety ADD/ADHD Pre-Marital Counseling PTSD Bipolar Communication concerns Life coaching

— Alicea Martin Pressley, Therapist in Cincinnati, OH

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

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 support people in improving their quality of life and looking at how they want to show up in the world. Whether it’s deepening relationships with others, creating a nourishing inner life, going after dreams, or having true work/life balance, we can look at what your growing edge is. What makes a good life? In what ways do you hold yourself back? What are the skills you’re needing to move forward? What patterns are you ready to break?

— Devona Snook, Counselor in San Francisco, CA

Personal growth is like watching a flower open, with each stage the flower blossoms into its fullest beauty. As humans we also bloom and blossom in stages to become our own authentic self, shedding off the old layers and discovering self love. During this growth we may experience a multitude of emotions and feelings, at times not even being aware of our own growth until many years later. Personal growth is our own gift to our own self while on earth.

— Shay Phillips, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Cypress, TX

It has many forms: inside companies; in a (problematic) family o group; when changing phases of life and having trouble moving from one to another; after or in a crisis, etc. [Tiene muchos aspectos: en compañías, en una familia o grupo (problemático); al cambiar fases de la vida y al tener dificultades para transitar entre ellas; después de o en una crisis; etc.]

— Jose Balbas DB, Psychologist in México City (CDMX), TX

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

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

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

Growth at all stages of life are challenging recognizing the stage we are in and how to navigate it successfully will be our work.

— Wendy-Nia Griffin, Licensed Professional Counselor in Rockville, MD

Because of my PhD research, involvement in Post-Merger Integrations (PMI) and my knowledge as a therapist, the synergy of those skills contribute to your experience. What does that mean for you? You can often get the best of both worlds.

— Sjana Holloway, Counselor in Amsterdam,

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

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

It's hard to know what will help us emotionally when we don't know ourselves. Part of learning how to love yourself now is to have a full picture of yesterday's self, today's self, and tomorrow's self. Working with my clients on grounding in identity helps them grow their own goals and ambitions, both emotionally and otherwise.

— Olivia Farr, Counselor in Peoria, AZ

I work with clients on improving their emotional intelligence through becoming more comfortable with their own emotions and the emotions of others. I utilize breathwork, mindfulness and visualization to help client practice being able to sit with themselves and separate themselves from their thoughts and gain data on the impact of their thoughts and feelings. This data is important in uncovering one's needs and values.

— Jihan Madyun, Psychotherapist in Washington, DC

Prerequisite for personal growth is a place where one feels safe in the presence of another human being. With expertise in healing trauma wounds, I offer the space for you to feel seen, heard, and believed. While we live in a culture of "pulling yourself up by your bootstraps," biologically speaking, we are made to help and be helped. Personal growth cannot happen all alone, and you shouldn't have to.

— Nobuko Hattori, Psychologist in Petaluma, CA

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

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