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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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, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
 

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

YOU HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO CHANGE. I WILL BE WITH YOU ON THIS PART OF YOUR JOURNEY. THIS IS AN ENVIRONMENT OF LOVE & COMPASSION. WE NEED TO MOVE FORWARD TOGETHER, SUPPORTING EACH OTHER & CARING ABOUT ONE OTHER. EVEN THE MOST BROKEN OF YOU ARE THE MOST AMAZING SEEDS OF LOVE & COMPASSION!

— Marci Orr, Licensed Professional Counselor in Dallas, 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
 

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

— Cynthia Goeller, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in ,

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
 

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

Do you feel stagnant or like you're missing something? Perhaps you've been meaning to come to therapy for a long time, but just kept putting if off. Maybe you've tried a lot of self-help books, yoga, and meditation, but still feel like there's more out there for you. Together, our work can help you to define your goals, identify your values, and build the life that you deserve.

— Colleen Hennessy, Licensed Professional Counselor in San Diego, CA
 

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

— Mike Doogan, Counselor in Portland, OR

If it has felt difficult for you to find your own voice and feel confident in what you have to offer, I can help. Before coming to see me, my clients have said that they were lacking confidence and found it hard to “show up” in the life they so desperately wanted to feel authentic in. If you resonate with this, call me today for a free 20 minute consultation. We’ll find our way back to you, and I’ll help you lean into your life with that sense of genuine fulfillment you’re looking for.

— Marrissa Rhodes, Counselor in Kansas City, MO
 

Often what accompanies the concept of growth is the principle of sacrifice. In order to assist you in obtaining what you would like for your life, I need to understand your past. By examining the past it can be found that there's been a refusal to let go of certain painful experiences. Part of my duty is not to help you erase these memories but to help you to derive new meaning that is in alignment with your purpose as it presently exists.

— Adam G. Walterbach, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Denver, CO

I facilitate my clients process of deepening their awareness of themselves and their experiences. By gaining awareness of what was once unconscious, more self-agency and understanding is formed, in place of old patterned ways of being and reacting.

— Jessica Barnese, Counselor in Portland, OR
 

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

Some of us spend a ton of time thinking that we're not "doing it right." Not living our lives to their fullest, not pleasing our loved ones, not making our parents proud. Whatever the issue is, we often live our lives burdened by self-judgment and self-doubt. I work with clients to re-discover their true self, and live their core values more fully. This leads to self-love, self-acceptance, and a deeper sense of satisfaction in our lives.

— Barton Shulman, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in San Francisco, CA
 

The process of therapy can bring about personal growth. Many people come to me in a time of great suffering, either with suicidal thoughts or an intense frustration that they can't create the life they want. I work as an insight based therapist, looking to help my patient create new insights into unsatisfying behavior patterns and work towards a more satisfying way of living.

— Melissa Pirwani, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in San Jose, CA

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
 

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 things that lights me up most in my practice, is working with clients who are excited about challenging themselves in new ways. If you find yourself ready to bust out of the boxes you've found yourself in, or ready to challenge the status quo, you've found this page for a reason. Let's shake things up!

— Danielle Goldstein, Marriage & Family Therapist in Denver, CO

We live in a society that can cause anxiety and depression. Learning how to manage these issues can lead to a more enjoyment and peace. I teach choice theory for learning to choose responses rather than just reacting, strategies for smooth and effective communication, and help with understanding your behavior and others for less overall frustration.

— Angie Kelly, Counselor
 

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

Growth is something we should never stop doing. I had an old professor that used to say, "You're never done," when asking about ever being finished with anything. That has always stuck with me. Growth mindset is a practice I use in therapy and remind clients that we can develop new skills and ability if we want to through hard work, dedication, and support when needed. My goal is to be the support you need through your journey.

— Dana Rivera, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Chicago, IL
 

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

There are many circunstances or moments when one might need help: when growing up; when the conditions of the close ones change; when the general conditions/situations of life are modified; when there are significative losses; etc. [Hay muchas circunstancias o momentos donde se puede requerir ayuda: al crecer biológicamente; al cambiar las condiciones de los seres cercanos; al modificarse las condiciones/situaciones generales de vida; cuando hay pérdidas significativas; etc.]

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

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

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 ,
 

As we recognize the important roles that thoughts, values, and psychological needs play in our lives, we can begin to take ownership of the direction of our lives. This direction is what most people are lacking. The increased sense of control that comes with a deeper understanding of who we are and why we do what we do, along with the right tools to help along the path, leads to a life of decreased worry and stress.

— Scott Groves, Licensed Professional Counselor in Oklahoma City, OK

Many of us have things we would like to see improve in our lives, like moving beyond survival or recovery to finding our personal best. Each of us have a different starting point and seeing growth in our lives is a very individual process. We may use a wide range of techniques to help you live and age well focusing on achieving a state of fulfillment.

— Amelia Mackle, Counselor in Clackamas, OR
 

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