Why am I not Progressing in Therapy?

1. Are you attending consistently? This is the biggest reason I see clients not progressing. I recognize my client’s are busy and it can be hard to carve out about 1.5 hours/week to attend regularly. However, regular attendance is essential in the beginning and middle phases of treatment. If you aren’t able to keep your appointments, you need to consider […]

Therapy Services

Welcome! At Sharon Martin Counseling & Personal Growth, I offer compassionate, non-judgmental support through your change process. I specializes in helping with concerns such as: Anxiety Grief Shame Perfectionism Codependency Forgiveness Anger Infertility & pregnancy loss Life transitions Substance Abuse Stress Self-esteem Relationship problems Individual Therapy helps you address your specific concerns with the help of a trained therapist. Sessions usually last 50 […]

Anticipating

Did you know that anticipating a pleasurable activity can increase your happiness? Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project, wrote: “To get the most bang for the happiness buck, I’ve realized that I should complete four stages of reveling in a moment of happiness: anticipate with pleasure, savor the moment as I experience it, express my happiness to myself or others, […]

I Messages or iMessages

While writing another blog post (coming soon), I was reminded of one of those moments that make you feel really old. Recently, I gave a presentation to my son’s 5th grade class about self-esteem and worry. I suggested the students use “I messages” when communicating. In the world of psychology and therapy, I messages refer to a form of communication that focuses […]

Crisis or Opportunity?

This print hangs in my office. Before talking about what it means, a little background. It was given to me by a trusted adviser and fellow therapist: my Mother. This print hung in my mother’s psychotherapy office for 20 years and when she retired, she gave it to me. It was made for her by a Chinese friend. It says […]

How to get the most out of therapy

  Therapy is a big investment of time and money. We also know it is a lot of work and can have a huge payoff. Here are a few suggestions for getting the most out of therapy.   Keep your appointments: It seems obvious, but many people are inconsistent with their attendance and don’t make therapy sessions a priority. Nothing slows […]