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Money | Individual Therapy

Economic cycles can quickly shake feelings of safety and confidence.  Whether you have unlimited amounts of money or are wondering how you will pay the rent next month, money can bring up fears and insecurities.

You may be one of the lucky few who grew up with a healthy and open dialogue about the role of money in your life, and learned how to adjust spending and saving, as earnings and other circumstances in your life change.  For most people money was rarely spoken about in this balanced way when growing up, and values and attitudes were shaped by observations of our family’s behavior and from the media.

Money alone does not make you happy, but neither does poverty.  Money truly makes the world go around as we need it to survive and thrive.  However, the same amount of money can feel abundant to one person, and inadequate to another.  It is all a matter of perspective.

The thoughts and feelings you have around money can reach to the core of who you believe yourself to be, and are often tied to self-esteem, and your sense of power and freedom.  Do you believe that there will never be enough money?  Do you spend money you haven’t earned?  Do you feel the expectation to provide or being provided for is making you feel isolated?  Is your self-worth tied to your bank account?

Money can facilitate choices if you learn to take control of money rather than letting it control you.  We help clients understand the roots of their financial behaviors and feelings to learn to take control of their current financial situation, and make priorities for the future.  Money is like any other relationship, as you need to work at it so it can grow with balance and care.

We live in a consumer driven world where material goods are advertised as the cure to emptiness and unhappiness.  However, research show that spending money on experiences, such as family vacations, educational courses, or psychotherapy provides more happiness “return on investment” than spending money on possessions.

We help clients learn to separate their personal value from their dollars and cents.  Our approach to the discussion of money is conducted with honest communication, and, research based guidance and expertise.  Our main goal is that both your emotional and financial future is enriched.  That’s the real bottom line.

Questions for Thought

Below are a few questions that are intended to help you consider your personal situation more closely.  If you are ready to improve and live your life to the fullest, we encourage you to contact us to discuss how we can best help.

  • How concerned are you about your financial situation?
  • How many times a week do you worry about money?
  • Were money issues present for your parents when you were growing up?
  • Do you have a will or a durable power of attorney in case of death or disability?
  • Do you have credit card debt that is mounting?
  • Have you thought about how you will live in retirement?
  • What would happen to you if you lost your job today?
  • Do you have a budget for yourself?
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