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Wants vs Needs

Identifying & Prioritizing Your Needs

Do you experience difficulty identifying and prioritizing your physical, emotional, or spiritual needs? If so, you are not alone. It can be challenging to acknowledge your personal needs and find ways to meet them. One of things I enjoy most in my work as a counselor is assisting clients in learning more about who they are and what they need to live a satisfying and fulfilling life. 

So, what are some examples of physical, emotional, or spiritual needs?

Physical:

  • Rest
  • Nutrition
  • Movement
  • Health Care

Emotional:

  • Safe places to express emotions
  • Meaningful relationships where you feel heard, seen, known, and loved
  • Support
  • Someone to listen and care

Spiritual:

  • Purpose
  • Personal values
  • Spiritual practices
  • Community

After identifying your needs, it is important to prioritize them. Many people struggle to prioritize their needs due to their various roles and responsibilities in life. Other people or tasks are put before they own needs. However, I am an advocate for the importance of taking care of yourself so that you can be more fully alive and present to care for others. I encourage my clients to take care of their needs so that they avoid burn-out or resentment in relationships. 

If you are struggling with identifying and prioritizing your needs or would like additional support, please know that counseling is a safe place to ask for help. If you are interested in receiving support in this area, please reach out to inquire about setting up an initial session with one of our counselors. 

I believe there is healing power in owning and sharing our stories. We all have parts of our story that we wrestle with, hide, run from, or try to numb. Through my personal and professional experience, I have been amazed by the resiliency and strength of the human experience. I understand the courage and trust that is required to work through these parts of our stories. I feel honored when a client invites me to journey with them in their healing process through counseling. I am passionate about creating safe places for the individuals I work with. My goal as your counselor is to help you feel heard, seen, and valued.

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