A common myth in today’s stigmatized society is that only people who are “sick” or “mentally ill” could benefit from psychotherapy.
On the contrary, one’s mental health awareness and maintenance have been proven in scientific studies to be behind career or relationship breakthroughs for individuals of all backgrounds with no mental health diagnosis.
“Therapy can be utilized even for people with minor concerns and challenges,” said Dr. John Blattner (PhD), a trained life coach and clinical psychologist. “The process can be beneficial in regards to helping someone reframe, restate and refocus where they are currently. You don’t need to be necessarily dealing with depression, abuse or a serious issue. It’s a (tool) to get better with your personal focus, personal growth and development.”
Therapists at DG Counseling will be embracing that philosophy in an effort to reach people who are looking to improve themselves in their day-to-day lifestyles while not necessarily entering a counseling session with significant trauma to unpack or heal from.
Blattner, a consultant to DG Counseling with close ties to founder Dr. Donna Gluck (EdD), will be spearheading the practice’s new initiative.
“One of the things to suggest to people in general, wherever they’re at in their life cycle, is to revisit what their value proposition is — who they are, who do they think they want to become and why am I here,” said Blattner, the former president of the Illinois Psychological Association (IPA). “Where is somebody at in their current status — are they struggling in their career or relationship, what’s working well, what’s not working well?”
Oftentimes, the discomfort of digging into one’s past can dissuade potential clients from entering a therapy session. Blattner tries to evade the digging.
“I ask (clients) to turn their regrets into reflections, then turn their reflection into resolve,” he said. “In small steps they can let go of some of the past and focus on the present with their eye towards the future.”