You can't seem to figure it out. You always thought you were a happy person. Your childhood was fine. You don't remember anything traumatic happening to you. So why do you feel so stuck right now? It feels like you have nothing to look forward to. You may be hesitant to go out and meet new people or even spend time with your friends. When you look in the mirror you quickly look away because you don't like what - or who - you see. All you want is to wake up each day and look forward to what lies ahead. Is this even possible anymore?

You may be suffering from a number of different mental health issues. Your current feeling could be related to your stage of life; this is typical and you are not alone! You could be struggling with your identity and your self-esteem. You may be unhappy in your work or relationship, which is leading to this feeling of stuckness.


Individual therapy can help! Talking to a therapist gives you the opportunity to share some of your deepest thoughts and feelings in a safe and supportive space. Seeking help requires courage, but the payoff is well worth it!

"Most everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you."  -- A sticker on a bathroom stall

Our expectations of life have become extreme. You need to add to your resume. You need to earn more money. You need to be "more successful." You need to be a perfect parent. Whew.....I am exhausted just writing all of this. 

Give yourself a break; both a mental and physical break. It is ok (even more interesting) to be imperfect. So unplug from electronics, expectations, work and perfection for a few minutes each day. You might actually find that not only do you "work again," but you work better!

Communication/ Respect/ Trust/ Attachment/

Family/ Partnership/ Alliance/ Parenting/ 

Commitment/ Dedication/ Love/ Friendship

You and your partner seem to be going through a rough patch in your relationship. But you can handle it. You'll just wait it out, you always do. Wait, can you handle it? Isn't that what you said last time? And yet, here you are again feeling lonely in the same room as your partner and feeling like you two no longer share that special connection. Sometimes, admitting you need help - especially in your relationship - is one of the hardest things to do. It is also an important first step to healing. A healthy relationship doesn't have to mean nonstop passion and sex, sometimes connection and friendship are the best determinants of a healthy, long lasting relationship.

When couples get together, they often do not realize the extent of which they are combining their diverse histories into one relationship. Each individual's history brings a unique perspective to the relationship. Sometimes couples need help negotiating their differences, while simultaneously celebrating their similarities. Couples counseling helps couples learn and grow together while also cherishing their time apart. The end result is less relationship stress and more overall enjoyment. Your relationship will never be perfect and completely drama-free, but that would be boring anyway, right?


Healthy communication

Negotiating differences

Clarifying values

Maintaining respect & trust

Maintining identity within the relationship

Couples often struggle with:

Los Gatos Counseling Center

Debra Pace, Director

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, #101506

Offices in Los Gatos and Downtown Monterey

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