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Individual Adult Counseling in Scottsdale, AZ

“Ask for help. Not because you are weak. But because you want to remain strong.” ~ Les Brown

Restore Balance In Your Life

Our licensed professionals are available to help with individual adult counseling in the following areas (and more):

Daily life has countless stressors, challenges, and triggers that you endure. Over time this can take a toll on mental health.

Do you ever think:

There are also those who are living with complex psychological issues like trauma or grief, or mental illnesses whether diagnosed or undiagnosed, that have additional needs to be addressed.

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Individual adult counseling can have benefits for everyone, from those who are dealing with longstanding trauma to those who are simply burnt out from hustle culture. There are many different types of counseling that can help you work through every potential hardship, and they can do it with professional efficiency and perfect confidentiality. Below are some of the counseling options that Pathways offers, and how they are used most effectively.

Anger and Anger Management

Anger and anger management are real issues in our lives. It’s normal to feel anger, however you need to understand and change strong reactions. Adult counseling can identify why you respond as you do in some situations. Sometimes we’re not even sure why we respond the way we do to certain triggers.

With your counselor you can find coping skills, rather than letting anger control you. You will learn and understand how to act and not always react to anger when it causes a negative response in your life.

As you learn and change, interactions become more positive than defensive. With new responses to triggers and ways to handle them, your life and relationships improve. You can lessen anger’s impact and increase positive reactions. You are not alone in this struggle.

If you want a peaceful environment, with calm therapists who are happy to help you and meet you where you are on your journey, Pathways Counseling Services is the place to go. They work to make sure you feel respected and comfortable when you are there. They focus on you as a whole person.

Anxiety and Stress

Dealing with anxiety and stress is a major reason people seek counseling.

Letting stress weigh you down for too long can hurt your mental and physical health.

Daily stress can lead to anxiety in kids.

Without healthy ways to cope, anxiety and stress can cause kids social and developmental problems that follow them.

Working with a therapist can give kids and adults the tools to deal with feelings in a healthy way.

A therapist can teach them how to process anxiety and stress properly.

Without the proper skills to manage these emotions, children, teens, and adults are all at risk for developing potentially problematic behaviors, including:

  • Anger and Anger management
  • Disordered eating
  • Depression, and/or
  • Compulsive & potentially self-destructive behaviors

Depression Counseling

Depression counseling is another incredibly common reason why people seek professional help maintaining optimal mental health.

Everyone has a bad day now and then, but depression is more than just a temporary bad mood or case of the blues, it can last for significant amounts of time. 

Sometimes stretching for weeks or even months at a time.

If you, or someone you’re close to, has been displaying signs of depression, getting individual counseling can be the key to a bright future.

Common treatments for depression include:

  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing
  • Mindfulness Therapy

Many different forms of treatment can drastically reduce the severity, length, and frequency of major depressive episodes.

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Trauma Counseling

Dealing with trauma alone is hard. Our trauma counselors can help you handle the feelings from trauma.

In some cases, therapy can help prevent PTSD.

Going through or seeing something traumatic can affect anyone.

Untreated trauma can cause numbness, paranoia, flashbacks, and nightmares.

Mindfulness Counseling

Mindfulness is an important part of treatment plans. It’s paying attention to your thoughts and feelings in the present moment.

It’s also accepting your thoughts and feelings without judging them. This frees you to just feel what you need to feel.

Mindfulness includes meditation and breathing exercises. It helps you focus on what matters now instead of the past or future.

Mindfulness therapy teaches you to stay grounded and think practically.


Grief Counseling

Many people choose adult counseling for grief. Grief is very hard to handle for some people.

Lots of life events can cause grief like breakups, diagnoses, losing a job or loved one, and more.

Understanding grief and working through the feelings and thoughts is key.

Grief is complex so professional help makes processing it safer and more effective.

We never forget loved ones, but adapt to life without them. Having support makes that new journey easier.

Bipolar Disorder Counseling (BPD) for Individuals/Adults

Bipolar disorder is a mental health disorder that is characterized by “cycling” between extended depressive episodes, and periods of mania or relative normality. This is a disorder that is treated effectively with individual adult counseling.

They also may have times of a hypomania state, which is elevated, but not full blown. In this state they may feel upbeat and more productive. They might also show symptoms like decreased sleep patterns, recklessness or be more impulsive.

Bipolar I and Bipolar II are both serious mental health diagnoses, and without professional treatment, they can have significant negative effects on daily life.

Bipolar disorder can lead to problematic and impulsive behavior, as well as severe depressive episodes that can lead to self-harm or suicidal ideation.

People with bipolar disorder often feel helpless and at the mercy of their condition, but with professional help, the symptoms can be minimized and managed.

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OCD Counseling

Those living with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), can have considerable difficulty leading relatively normal daily lives, due to the demands of their compulsions.

These compulsions can range from compulsive eating to repetitive behaviors. OCD behaviors can include hoarding, obsessions lacking visible compulsions, harm obsessions, and more.

OCD counseling can help individuals living with compulsions to learn different methods of coping with them and healthier ways of managing them on a daily basis.

Many people with OCD are aware that they are neurodivergent, but many don’t realize there is an issue. And those that are aware of their OCD are often confused or lost as to how to stop their behaviors, even when it becomes detrimental to their lives.

Individual Counseling for PTSD

PTSD is post-traumatic stress disorder, and it is a mental health disorder that is becoming incredibly common among adults in the US.

It is most well-known as being a disorder common to combat veterans, but it can develop in anyone that has been part of or even witnessed a particularly traumatic event. An effective treatment is EMDR, which has been shown great success in dealing with this.

PTSD counseling can help with those living with the disorder to reduce the occurrence and severity of the symptoms. This can mean few nightmares, lower levels of anxiety, reduced flashbacks, and more manageable thought patterns.

Group Therapy

A great way to enhance the impact of individual adult treatment can be participation in group therapy sessions.

Group therapy offers individuals with similar treatment goals to participate in a more open and social treatment type.

Group counseling is able to help individuals feel less isolated in their treatment, and can increase their support network with peers that are living with similar struggles. 

This type of counseling is always conducted in a safe space designed for open and confidential sharing. 

The members all agree to keep group session content confidential and only to identify with other group members in the group, so as not to inadvertently “out” someone. Group counseling is often used for people with very similar struggles, like going through a divorce, or dealing with intense grief.

One of the most helpful aspects of group counseling is hearing how other members are dealing with and growing through their struggles. This is another way that group counseling can augment individual counseling because it can give the individual a crucial point of reference for changes they want to see in themselves.

You Don’t Have to Suffer in Silence Alone

If you or someone you know has been struggling with mental health or emotional issues, the most important thing to remember is that there is no shame in asking for help.

The professional therapists at Pathways Counseling have years of education and experience they can use to help you understand your own thoughts and emotions. We’re rained to help you understand the most effective ways to navigate your daily life.

For more information about how professional counseling can help you, reach out today to discuss your needs in a confidential environment. And, when you’re ready you can book an appointment to begin your journey to better mental health.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

How can I make an appointment?

You may do this in three ways.
You can book online anytime
Call us at 480-613-8530
Complete this contact form.

Do you offer a free consultation?

Yes, we offer a free 15-minute telephone consultation. Please call us at 480-613-8530 to schedule a consultation or complete this contact form.

Do you accept any insurance?

Our practice is a fee-for-service practice which means we do not accept insurance. If you have an insurance provider with behavioral health coverage, they may offer out-of-network coverage. If you would like to use your out-of-network benefits, we will provide you with a superbill (receipt) that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

What should I expect when I come for my sessions?

Prior to your first session, you will fill out some general information. We will you a link to complete the form(s) prior to your first session.
During the initial appointment, we will review some of your histories and we will have an opportunity to discuss the reasons you are interested in counseling and the goals you are looking to achieve from counseling.
Together during the first few sessions we will put together a treatment plan with you.

How soon should I see results from the counseling sessions?

Most patients come in for weekly appointments. As you are feeling better, you can cut back on the frequency of the sessions so you have more time to practice what you are learning.

Initial sessions are 75 minutes ongoing sessions may be 45-75 minutes or longer depending on need.

Patients who work with us report improvements in a few sessions. More difficult issues may take longer. People come to therapy for different reasons but universally people don’t initiate counseling unless they are in some type of emotional pain. Our attitude is to try to make every session count.

What kind of patients do you see?

We welcome couples, children, adolescents, teens, and individuals of diverse backgrounds, cultures, religious traditions, and lifestyles.

We will be able to work with you using a variety of tools and techniques and specialize in a variety of issues and concerns.

Is what I say confidential?

All client-therapist conversations are private and confidential. In those rare exceptions when the safety of a client or other is at risk disclosure of confidential client-therapist information takes place.

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