Individual Counseling

Is individual counseling right for me?

I specialize in working with heart-centered women who are managing life pretty well, but who may be experiencing challenges that negatively impact their emotional well-being.  I work especially well with women who are creatives, helping/healing professionals, or educators.

How can individual counseling help me?

Individual counseling can help you:

  • Improve management of anxiety, worry, or sadness
  • Learn how to experience your emotions in a healthy way
  • Increase your self-esteem
  • Develop healthy boundaries in your relationships
  • Increase your self-knowledge & insight
  • Develop effective strategies for stress management
  • Develop an overall sense of emotional well-being

How would you work with me?

I work with my clients primarily from person-centered & solution-focused perspectives.  This means I would first focus on partnering with you in your change process.  I see my role as a support and a guide versus being one to tell you how to “fix” yourself or your life.  I believe that you are not broken, but simply disconnected.  It is this disconnection which is manifesting itself in the emotional distress you experience. 

I appreciate the solution-focused perspective because it allows the work to be very proactive.  The first order of business is to identify what the goals are for your counseling process.  In other words, “What would you like your life to look like at the end of counseling with me?”  This picture of your ideal life is a guide that we use to develop more specific goals.  Then we work towards the goals the order that you choose.  I find that it is most helpful to start from the area that’s providing the biggest challenge in the here-and-now.  Once the more pressing concerns are addressed, it often creates the emotional space needed to deal with the more deeply rooted challenges.

What is a counseling session with you like?

Counseling sessions with me can be invigorating, encouraging, supportive, & at times, challenging.  I create a safe space where you are able to share the pretty and not so pretty parts of yourself.  I allow you room to explore, to “dig deep”, and ask yourself hard questions without judgement.  You’ll leave each session with a plan of something to think about, or focus on in-between sessions.  You’ll be given the tools & strategies needed to do the work necessary to help you develop the emotional well-being you desire.

How are counseling sessions conducted?

Individual counseling sessions are 45-minutes in length and are typically scheduled on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.  They are conducted in-person and held at my office located in Calverton, MD.

Fees

The intake session is $135 and all subsequent sessions are $110. Payment is due at the time of service and is payable by cash, check, or credit/debit card.

Ready to get started?

In order to get started please schedule your FREE 20-minute consultation call to help me learn more about your goals and how I can help you create a life you love.

Additional Information

Coaching vs. Professional Counseling

While there are similarities between coaching and professional counseling, I do not combine these two services.  These are two separate roles and as such, are separate services and conversations.  While both coaching and professional counseling use information about human behavior, motivation, and behavior change; the focus of each role is different.  Professional counseling is focused on mental health and emotional healing while the coaching relationship focuses on achievement of personal and/or professional goals.  

What role does creativity play in our sessions?

In the counseling relationship I use creativity as a tool for the change process.  As a tool for change, creativity shows up in our conversations.  We will explore ideas together, create unique approaches to problem-solving, & think “outside-of-the-box” to address the challenges you are facing.  I may also incorporate creative exercises to be completed during or in-between our sessions.

My educational background, including degrees and training

My training includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education, and a Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling.  I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in the state of Maryland , a National Certified Counselor (NCC), and a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) through the Grow Training Institute.  I also completed a distance counseling credential training program in 2015.   I engage in continuing education experiences several times a year to stay current with and enhance my knowledge and skill-set.  This allows me to increase the value of support I can provide to my clients.

Credentials

  • MA in Community Counseling, The George Washington University, Washington, DC (2007)
  • #LC3668, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) in Maryland
  • #221858, National Certified Counselor (NCC)
  • #2236, Certified Professional Coach (CPC), Grow Training Institute

Experience

I have over fourteen years of experience supporting individuals in an administrative capacity, as an educator, professional counselor, supervisor, coach, & artist.  Ten years of my work experience was spent in non-profit organizations.  I have been providing counseling services in the community for almost nine years with five of that being in private practice.  I have also been a multi-passionate entrepreneur and small business owner for the past five years.

Testimonials:

“Ms. Lawrence helped me to navigate the most challenging year of my life as I dealt with separation, divorce, job stress, aging, self doubt, and the emotional roller coaster that goes along with major life changes.  She helped me learn to be patient with myself, allow myself the space to grieve and heal, and most importantly, to lead a life that feels truly authentic to who I am at my core. I am grateful to have had a counselor who I was comfortable with and who helped me find my inner strength and confidence when I had lost my way.”

Individual Counseling Client

“Working with Karla has helped me grieve in a healthy way.  My work with Karla has led me to share my positive counseling experience with friends and family.” “From the moment I reached Karla on the phone to set up an appointment, she has been nothing short of amazing. She has displayed compassion at every turn and has been a great reflection for accountability and progress. Each session has yielded a great return. I am immensely grateful for her partnership in my counseling process.”

Individual Counseling Client

Ready to get started?

In order to get started please schedule your FREE 20-minute consultation call to help me learn more about your goals and how I can help you create a life you love.