The San Jose area is exciting and diverse. However, many of us are stressed by the outrageously high cost of living and the pressure to succeed. Balancing self-care with work and family life is often difficult. This can make it difficult to recognize when occasional worrying turns into clinical anxiety or depression.
Some of us criticize ourselves for our “negative” emotions. And we hide our pain. We may feel we are burdening our loved ones if we share our problems. And yet we feel embarrassed about discussing our problems in a clinical setting. In many cases, poor past experiences with therapy pose barriers to seeking help.
It’s safe to say that most of us wish we never had to deal with stress. But life is defined by challenges.
Therapy will allow you to develop the coping skills you need to thrive. As your therapist, I offer a safe space for you to talk about your goals, feelings and concerns. I have 17 years of experience helping clients in the San Jose area manage their depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues.
Whether you’re in therapy or hitting the gym, transformation never happens overnight. But with each session, making positive changes gets a little easier. It is my intention that you will leave my office feeling hopeful, relaxed, and ready to create the life you desire.
I take an active role in the therapy session.
Listening is the foundation of my practice. But that’s not all that I do. After nearly two decades in this work, I understand that clients need gentle guidance to reach their goals. Clients want direction, clarity, and input from a professional. As soon as our time begins, I am actively engaged.
My office is a judgment-free zone
Many of us may believe that depression is an excuse for laziness. That anxiety is a sign of weakness. And addiction is a symptom of immorality. My office is a judgment-free zone. From murderers (no joke!) to millionaires, I’ve worked with a wide variety of clients. I am here to provide insight, support and healing. Not judgement.
I have over 15 years of experience
I was lucky enough to know from a young age that therapy is my calling. For nearly two decades, I have worked with clients across diverse backgrounds, age groups, and ethnicities. I recall fondly seeing my first client at age 23 and feeling excited to make an impact in her life. After 17 years of fine tuning my approach to conducting therapy, I consider myself an expert in my field – and my passion only continues to grow.
I put myself in my clients’ shoes
I understand that opening up to a stranger isn’t easy. Empathy is what sets excellent therapists apart from the mediocre, and I pride myself for my ability to put myself in my clients’ shoes. Many of my first-time clients are nervous and self-conscious. However, clients will often say they leave their first session “refreshed” or “lighter.”
It’s so hard to open up to a stranger
Many of my prospective clients in the San Jose area are concerned about how therapy reflects on their character – they worry that talking to a therapist means they are damaged, inept, “weak” or “lazy.” Nothing is further from the truth.
Look, all of us need guidance from time to time. Whether it’s in your finances, your diet or your plumbing. (And in my opinion, marriage and life issues are much more complicated than a clogged sink!) The most sensible, mature and courageous thing to do when we need help is simple: ask for it. And be better for it!
I already have friends and family I can talk to.
You may feel more comfortable discussing personal issues with a friend or a loved one. Besides, you might ask, how can talking to a therapist fix past trauma or heal broken relationships?
While it may be easier to talk to someone you know, a therapist is trained to help you understand your feelings and solve your problems. Having an unbiased source of support in your life allows you to make healthier, more informed decisions.
Talking to a therapist won’t change the situation I’m in.
You’re right–a therapist can’t wave a magic wand and make your problems and pain disappear. The bad news and the good news is: you are the only one who can change your life. And my goal with individual counseling therapy is that you will take charge of your life. And change it. My goal is for you to gain clarity about what you need to do. And how to change your life.
Many people come to my office feeling “stuck” and leave feeling “empowered.” As a result they decide to make the changes they have been fearful to make for many years.
Individual Counseling: Talking about your problems in a safe, constructive setting can help you now. But more importantly,
it can help set the course of your future on the right path.
Lia Huynh, MS, LMFT Individual Counseling