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How to Improve Communication - Did Your Partner Expect You to Feel What You Are Feeling?

Just as the message received by your partner may not be the message you thought you were communicating, the message you think you have received may not be the message your partner intended to communicate.

Your partner may say something that leaves you feeling:

  • Hurt
  • Embarrassed
  • Ashamed
  • Angry

Your brain may react almost instantaneously, so quickly that it seems obvious that your partner must have known you would react like this and that he or she must have intended you to feel this way. Sometimes, this may be accurate.

How to Find a Good Therapist or Counselor

Top 8 Qualities to Look for When Picking a Psychotherapist

  • Connection – Research has shown that the relationship between client and therapist is one of the most important factors in successful therapy. Notice if you feel connected to the therapist and consider exploring how important the therapist feels a connection is.
  • Trust – Is this therapist someone you feel you can or will be able to trust?
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Psychotherapy for the Helping Professions

Help for those who help others

If you are a counselor, psychotherapist, or coach there may be times when you find it draining to take care of your clients. It's not unusual to wonder what it would be like to be the client – to have someone you can trust who will deeply understand you and be there for you. Hopefully, this is what you provide to your clients, but many helping professionals haven't experienced it for themselves.

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It makes perfect sense that we act the way we do

Recently, I was thinking about a common element across a lot of the work I do. Whether through coaching or counseling / psychotherapy, my clients and I get to a place where it makes sense that my clients are doing what they are doing, even though they truly want to change. And, importantly, it makes sense in a way that doesn't pathologize anyone. It's the best strategy they have found, so far, to accomplish something important - perhaps being successful, protecting themselves, or avoiding even worse consequences.

Individual Counseling & Psychotherapy

Here are some of the problems I can often help with:

  • Coping with the Holidays (e.g., difficult family situations, the Holiday Blues)
  • Depression, sadness, difficulty feeling happy
  • Anxiety, panic, shyness
  • Marital problems and relationship problems
  • Difficulty getting along with others at home or at work
  • Coping with losses
  • Frequent mood swings (including bipolar disorder)
  • Overcoming a history of physical and/or sexual abuse
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Group Therapy

Jonathan Sibley offers the following therapy groups:

  • Holiday support groups -If you have a hard time around the Holidays due to family stress, loneliness, or the loss of a loved one, this group will provide support during and after the Holidays
  • Interpersonal groups - If you have trouble getting along with others and/or often feel misunderstood, an interpersonal group can help you get feedback on how to improve your relationships with others
  • Groups for men who are anxious in social situations - If you are a man
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Family therapy for young adults

It can be tough work to get along within a family

Jonathan Sibley works with older teens and young adults and their parents to improve communication and relationships. Jonathan focuses on helping young adults and their parents to understand each other and to deal with past hurts and current misunderstandings.

Family therapy for young adults and their parents is available in Montclair, New Jersey.

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Psychotherapy & Counseling

Here are my fundamental beliefs about therapy and counseling:

  • Feeling understood and supported by your therapist is a key to successful therapy
  • Feeling too much, too little, or being unsure of what you are feeling can be a significant factor in many problems and a caring, attentive therapist can help you to manage these feelings
  • There are understandable reasons that we do what we do and avoid what we avoid and, as your therapist, I can help you to understand and reconsider these beliefs
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Coaching and Psychotherapy with Jonathan Sibley


Change is difficult

Lasting change is even more difficult

Whether you are an individual, a couple, a family, or an organization, and whether you are looking for a psychotherapist / counselor or a coach, if you are trying to create lasting change you need someone

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