Beginner's Guide to Therapy (Part 3)

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You’ve made your first appointment with a new therapist. Now what? Some people think therapy is exactly like what they see on TV. And I can understand where this line of thinking comes from if you’ve never seen a counselor before. But keep in mind TV shows, for the most part, are for entertainment purposes. The shows writers can embellish or exaggerate certain aspects of the show to make it more appealing to viewers. When you see a therapist, it’s a collaborative relationship where you, the client, set the pace and you take about what you feel comfortable talking about. Keep in mind if you refuse to speak about certain subjects, your therapist may not be able to provide as much help as if you were to delve into your inner thoughts and feelings.

This article by Jeff Guenther helps you get an understanding of what to expect in your first few sessions and what not to expect.

https://www.therapyden.com/blog/a-beginners-guide-to-therapy-part-3-what-to-expect-in-the-first-few-sessions

I would like to be clear that this blog post is not intended to substitute for professional counseling. If you are in need of support, please consider speaking to a professional counselor.

Cheryl D. Perry MA LPCA NCC

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Cheryl Perry

Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in private practice in Charlotte NC working with individual adults working through symptoms such as stress, anxiety, depression. I also work with adults working to make sense of expected or unexpected life transitions. I also work with LGBTQ+ individuals living with feelings of isolation or simply in need of a safe space to discuss uneasy feelings they have experienced in life.

Beginner's Guide to Therapy (Part 2)

You’ve made a list of potential counselors you want to reach out to see if the two of you will be a good fit, but what do you ask during that free consultation conversation? Should I ask if we have the same religious beliefs? Or maybe it’s more important to find out how many clients they’ve helped with my exact same problem? How do I figure out what are important questions I need to know answers to before I make an appointment? This second article by Jeff Guenther LPC in a series written especially for clients, helps you understand the importance of an early but brief conversation to find the right therapist for you.

Beginner’s Guide to Therapy - Part 2

I would like to be clear that this blog post is not intended to substitute for professional counseling. If you are in need of support, please consider speaking to a professional counselor.

Cheryl D. Perry MA LPCA NCC

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Cheryl Perry

Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in private practice in Charlotte NC working with individual adults working through symptoms such as stress, anxiety, depression. I also work with adults working to make sense of expected or unexpected life transitions. I also work with LGBTQ+ individuals living with feelings of isolation or simply in need of a safe space to discuss uneasy feelings they have experienced in life.

What is Self-Care?

Self-care is ANY activity that you engage in with the goal of taking care of your mental, emotional, and/or physical health. While this process may sound simple, it’s something that some tend overlook. Good and consistent self-care is key to your overall improved mood, reduced anxiety, and reduced unhealthy stress. Self-care is a key ingredient to successful relationship with yourself and others.

This article from Forbes, provides 10 easy habits to get you started on the path to consistent self-care.

I would like to be clear that this blog post is not intended to substitute for professional counseling. If you are in need of support, please consider speaking to a professional counselor.

Cheryl D. Perry MA LPCA NCC

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Cheryl Perry

Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in private practice in Charlotte NC working with individual adults working through symptoms such as stress, anxiety, depression. I also work with adults working to make sense of expected or unexpected life transitions. I also work with LGBTQ+ individuals living with feelings of isolation or simply in need of a safe space to discuss uneasy feelings they have experienced in life.

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness. What is it and how do I use mindfulness to create a sense of calm in my life? Mindfulness is a ind that is in the moment and full engaged in what is happening, what you are doing, and how you are moving through your physical space. Does this sound confusing? No worries. It can be without a full understanding of mindfulness. This article from the Mindful.org website provides a clear understanding of what mindfulness is and how it can be a beneficial part of your life.

What is Mindfulness?

I would like to be clear that this blog post is not intended to substitute for professional counseling. If you are in need of support, please consider speaking to a professional counselor.

Cheryl D. Perry MA LPCA NCC

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Cheryl Perry

Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in private practice in Charlotte NC working with individual adults working through symptoms such as stress, anxiety, depression. I also work with adults working to make sense of expected or unexpected life transitions. I also work with LGBTQ+ individuals living with feelings of isolation or simply in need of a safe space to discuss uneasy feelings they have experienced in life.

How to Meditate.

Meditation is a personal practice available to everyone. The process can reduce stress and increase feelings of calmness and clarity while promoting increased happiness and joy. This New York Times articles provides a wonderful introduction to the process of meditation and how it can be a positive part of your day.

How to Meditate

I would like to be clear that this blog post is not intended to substitute for professional counseling. If you are in need of support, please consider speaking to a professional counselor.

Cheryl D. Perry MA LPCA NCC

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Cheryl Perry

Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in private practice in Charlotte NC working with individual adults working through symptoms such as stress, anxiety, depression. I also work with adults working to make sense of expected or unexpected life transitions. I also work with LGBTQ+ individuals living with feelings of isolation or simply in need of a safe space to discuss uneasy feelings they have experienced in life.

Beginner's Guide to Therapy.

A therapist or counselor can be terms that not many people fully understand or their only point of reference are shows they have seen on television. Or if you know what a therapist or counselor is, you aren’t sure what steps you should take to choose one that is right for you. Below is an article by Jeff Guenther MS LPC, at TherapyDen may be helpful. I look forward to your thoughts and/or feedback.

https://www.therapyden.com/blog/a-beginners-guide-to-therapy-how-to-find-a-therapist

You can search for therapists in your area on sites such as TherapyDen, Psychology Today, or GoodTherapy.

I would like to be clear that this blog post is not intended to substitute for professional counseling. If you are in need of support, please consider speaking to a professional counselor.

Cheryl D. Perry, Perry Wellness Counseling

Feeling empowered!

Empowered (according to the Merriam-Webster web site) means to promote the self-actualization or influence of. When was the last time you felt empowered to take control of your life, make positive change in your life, and make better choices for your future? This is a feeling some may not realize they have the power to accomplish or find it difficult to create in their lives because of symptoms of depression, anxiety, or low self-esteem. 

The thought of taking control of our lives can seem overwhelming and maybe even daunting. Where do I start? The first thing you can do is take some time for yourself. In other words, do nothing at first. Relax your mind and body and give yourself what you need. Listen to your own voice. Second, concentrate on others. Sitting with feelings of excessive stress or concentrating on your worries can be disempowering. Focus on strengthening relationships or volunteering to help others in the community. Third, use your inherent talents around your home or to help friends. Organize your closet, home office, etc. Paint your bathroom the color you’ve always wanted and hang new lighting. Feel empowered by flexing your strengths to make improvements or changes in your life. Fourth, move your body by taking a daily walk, run, or bike ride. Exercise raises your good endorphins in a natural way. Be sure you choose an activity you enjoy. This will help the process seem more enjoyable and you will see and/or feel progress before you know it. When you engage in an activity you do well, your confidence is boosted and you feel empowered. Lastly, give yourself a massage by stroking your head, face, shoulders, arms, legs, and feet. A massage is a way to give your body some much needed attention and give you an opportunity to appreciate your body. To love yourself is an empowering feeling.

I hope these steps are helpful and you use them to start a path toward empowerment.

I would like to be clear that this blog post is not intended to substitute for professional counseling. If you are in need of support, please consider speaking to a professional counselor.

Cheryl D. Perry MA LPCA NCC



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Cheryl Perry

Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in private practice in Charlotte NC working with individual adults working through symptoms such as stress, anxiety, depression. I also work with adults working to make sense of expected or unexpected life transitions. I also work with LGBTQ+ individuals living with feelings of isolation or simply in need of a safe space to discuss uneasy feelings they have experienced in life.