Interview with Alison Muehlman, LLPC
Alison Muehlman, LLPC is a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC) practicing at our East Location in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Alison is passionate about working with individuals across the lifespan dealing with a wide range of mental health concerns. Contact us to schedule an intake appointment with Alison.
1. What made you want to become a therapist?
I decided to become a therapist because I am committed to helping others grow and change.
2. What can clients expect when they first come to therapy? What is a typical therapy session like with you?
When clients first come to therapy, they can expect to be understood. At the outset of our first session, I will get to know you as well as what brought you into therapy. I will help you identify and clarify goals around what you hope to achieve through therapy. I will offer you practical suggestions that you can employ in your daily life following our first session.
3. How have you seen therapy be helpful to your clients?
Therapy is helpful to clients because it’s a safe space in which clients receive feedback and acquire new skills to assist them in their ability to problem-solve and cope with daily stressors. To me, open and honest dialogue is the crux of therapy. I have seen how this exchange provides clients with the psychoeducation needed to identify and challenge negative or self-defeating thoughts and behaviors. Through therapy, clients can make progress towards their goals.
4. What do you think are the most important considerations when looking for a therapist?
When looking for a therapist, it’s important to identify what’s most important to you. You can ask yourself, “What kind of therapy has been recommended for me?” “Would I prefer to work with a therapist who is older, younger or around my age?” “Am I looking for someone with specific clinical expertise?” The answers to these questions can help you find a therapist with whom you feel the greatest sense of safety and connection.
5. What do you hope your clients walk away with?
I hope clients walk away with practical skills that allow them to cope with life’s challenges. I want clients to walk away with new insights that allow them to trust themselves more fully. I want clients to leave therapy with the confidence and tools needed to effectively communicate their needs to others.
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