New Location in Maumee, OH Now accepting new clients
Monica is a graduate of Bowling Green State University's Guidance and Counseling program. Monica specializes in disorders related to depression and anxiety. Monica's goal is to promote wellbeing and resilience in individuals and in the community.
How it can help and who needs it
Everyone encounters something in their life that presents a major challenge to one’s security and/or sense of self. Anxiety and depression are the most common conditions presenting in the mental health arena today, and the most treatable.
Almost everyone could benefit from counseling at some point in their lives. Engaging in counseling doesn’t mean that there’s something “wrong” with you or that you’re weak or crazy or anything negative. In fact, knowing that you don’t want to go it alone is a strength, an act based on insight and recognition of one’s limits.
If left untreated, these conditions can become entrenched and create a ripple effect and negatively impact other areas of your life.It can be a good idea to get counseling early on when a problem is first recognized, rather than wait until the problem escalates or compounds and impacts other areas of your life.
Getting into counseling to address your concerns can be a wise move saving you time, distress and even money. Your concerns and privacy will be treated with the utmost respect and consideration.
When to consider counseling
5 indications you could benefit from counseling:
1. Your moods are disrupting your life.
2. You are having trouble functioning at work, home or relationships.
3. You feel stuck.
4. Someone suggested it.
5. Life feels meaningless.
*in case of suicidal thoughts call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room
What is a counseling session like?
If you've never been to see a mental health therapist, which could be a licensed counselor, social worker, psychiatrist or other professional, it can be daunting to think of discussing your most personal problems with someone you've never met.
The first session consists of an assessment interview. It is a set of questions that help me understand the nature of the problem you're seeking help with. It includes your impression of the presenting problem, your overall physical condition and general history, questions about your current situaiton, relationships and lifestyle, family history and current symptoms you might be having. After that, we collaborate on a plan of action, or treatment plan. This clarifies what you are seeking help with, the desired outcome and how we are going to work together.
I do my best to help you feel comfortable. My style is informal and I stay actively engaged. I ask you to be actively engaged as well. Sessions consist of in-depth conversations on the topic of your choosing. My role is to follow your lead and share my observations of any patterns or themes that may be causing problems or limiting your abilities. I can also introduce specific skills for coping and offer suggestions of activities or community resources.
I offer free 30-minute consultations to help you decide if counseling is right for you. This can be done by phone or in person. Call 419-340-7706 to arrange a time to talk.