Counseling for seniors is a large part of my practice as I live inBoca Raton, a favorite retirement area inSouth Florida. Often times, for many seniors who still work, counseling plays a vital role in helping them to age more happily and with less stress.
Many seniors seek me out since my practice is oriented towards Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Seniors like this approach because they often don’t want to focus so much on the past. Instead, they are interested on how they can make the best of the present and future. Many seniors are on medications for depression and anxiety and would prefer to get off the “meds” or reduce them as much as possible because of the frequent negative side effects.
Counseling for seniors often revolves around dealing with loss, coping with pain, managing interpersonal issues with adult children and grandchildren, financial and health issues, loneliness, meaning and purpose and fears of being or becoming dependent and or getting Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s or other progressive, irreversible diseases.
In addition to listening and providing hope, as a cognitive therapist, I provide seniors with tools and skills to help them better manage their life situation. Typically this is accomplished over a period of 10-20 visits. Often times, clients will return months or years later for a brief “tune up” or for help with a different crisis or major problem. Normally, they are not nearly as bothered about it as they would have been before the training in cognitive therapy and they resolve the issue in a few sessions.
As a group, seniors tend to be very appreciative of the help they receive and “lament” about how they wish they would have known about this approach earlier in their life.