Have you considered therapy, but you feel like it’s your job to just “figure it out?” Do you want to visit with a therapist, but you think you shouldn’t because you don’t have a specific diagnosis? Want someone to talk to about a big life change that has you feeling out of sorts, but you don’t know if therapy is the answer? If any of these describe you, we’d love to hear from you at Family Connections Therapy. We offer therapy for adults in San Diego who want to get to know themselves and their goals a little better, improve their relationships, feel more fulfilled, and explore how they interact with the world. Whether you have a diagnosis or just want to change your perspective, we’re here for you. Keep reading to learn more about what we do.
Do I Need a Specific Diagnosis to go to Therapy?
Diagnoses can help to structure therapy goals and guide our work together, but addressing a diagnosis, or even getting a diagnosis in the first place, is not all that we can do together. The therapy partnership asks individuals and their counselors to look at “pain points” (the areas of our lives that cause discomfort or lack of fulfillment). Sometimes, these pain points are a diagnosis like depression or anxiety, but just as often, they are things like interpersonal conflicts, life transitions, and other day-to-day challenges. During individual therapy sessions, we can explore how you approach life, view yourself, communicate, and bond with your loved ones, peers, or community. Your therapist will provide support and guidance for your self-exploration. The clinician may also offer new strategies for how to approach the world in ways that alleviate stress, increase self-acceptance, and improve the way you bond with others.
If you do have a clinical diagnosis or were referred by another healthcare provider who thinks you could benefit from therapy to approach a specific concern, our clinicians have experience working with individuals who struggle with:
- Anxiety & Panic Attacks
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship and Marital issues
- Divorce stress
- Family stress
- Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Attachment issues
- Social Anxiety
- Substance abuse
- Grief and loss
- Struggles with their personal and/or gender identity
Shouldn’t I Just Deal with This on My Own?
Sometimes it’s hard to ask for help. It feels like life is so overwhelming that no one would be able to ease your pain, but you don’t have to feel like it’s all on you to make a change or feel better. We are all made for connection and community, and one of the things that therapy really helps with is providing a good example of what it means to be in a healthy, functional, supportive relationship. No matter what you’re dealing with or how difficult it is to express, a therapist can help you find the words to describe your emotions and help you understand why you’ve been struggling. Part of a therapist’s job is to be your support system and help you experience a safe and fulfilling relationship. The experience in session with a warm and nurturing therapist can help you to develop healthier relationships outside of therapy. This could result in you expanding your support network, once you learn new coping skills and have insight to better understand your life concerns and how you communicate with others.
What Happens During Counseling Sessions at Family Connections Therapy?
Every person’s therapy needs will be different, and our clinicians are knowledgeable and experienced enough to offer therapy services that are completely personalized for you. Our therapists are trained in different specialty approaches and therapy styles that we use to address almost any situation you may be struggling with. Some of our treatment approaches include:
- Attachment-Based Adult Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Trauma Focused- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
- Dialectical Behavioral (DBT)
- Mindfulness-Based Therapy
- Client Centered Therapy
- Positive Parenting Techniques & Parent Support (Attachment and Strength-Based)
- Relationship Counselling (Emotionally Focused Therapy)
- Solution Focused Therapy
- Divorce Support
- Court Conjoint & Reunification Therapy
How do I Get Started?
At Family Connections Therapy we want to make the intake process (paperwork, scheduling, and other steps to help you get started) easy. That’s why we have Client Care Specialists who walk you through the process until you are connected to the right therapist who can meet your needs.
It all starts with the first phone call or request form you can fill out on the website. If it’s more convenient, you can even text FCTcares to 484848, and someone will contact you within an hour during regular business hours.
After the initial contact, the following happens:
- A Client Care Specialist will speak with you and take down your basic information.
- You will receive a “Welcome” letter with your appointment time and your therapist’s name and contact information.
- A portal invitation will be sent to you via email that will ask you to create a passcode and set up your secure online account.
- Once you are in the portal, you will see your intake forms are available to fill out (Please complete these the day before your first session if possible, so your therapist has a chance to review the information in advance).
- Arriving at our office: go to the waiting room, push the call button next to your therapist’s name and relax or read a magazine until your therapist comes to get you.