I specialize in trauma, relationship concerns, identity exploration/self awareness, self-esteem/self-worth, stress from school, work, etc
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Kirkwood, MO
Even healthy relationships benefit from introspection, understanding how you relate to each other, and what you bring into the relationship as individuals with your own stories and histories. Individual therapy is a safe place to explore all of your past and current relationships so that you can discover what you want out of future relationships.
Sometimes our values and interests in how we live our lives don't align with the values of our family of origin and this can cause tension and conflict within these relationships. In therapy, it's helpful to start unpacking that to gain clarity about how we want to continue with these relationships, which might mean improving communication, advocating for self, learning different ways to listen to others, etc or it might mean ending relationships that no longer serve you in healthy ways.
You don't have to have experienced severe childhood trauma or abuse to have been impacted by the parenting styles of your caregivers. Often our early relationships with our caregivers affect how we relate to others as adults. It's helpful in therapy to explore these dynamics and understand how they show up in your current relationships so that you can begin to develop secure attachments with others.