It seems that with everything Covid-19 brought this past year, an entire list of new things to make decisions about was added to my list. I think many of you can relate. However, here is a sample of my list if you have no clue what I’m talking about:
The list is endless these days. Some of these decisions may seem trivial. Some of these decisions have had an effect on my entire life this past year. I found I needed time to process the important decisions, the ones that sometimes felt like the need to decide would paralyze me and I would sit in this frozen state unable to decide.
I decided to dig into the research of decision making with more depth than I have in the past. I wanted to get past just the pro/con list and find a method which would be both thoughtful and yet methodical.
I wanted a process that would be reflective of what I use in therapy. I found a wealth of material. Listed below are some key questions I found in my search. Try to ask yourself these questions if you are struggling with making an important decision in your life.
Many of my clients come to therapy seeking someone to make the hard decisions for them. I often have to disappoint them within the first session and inform them that therapy is not about someone making the decisions for you. Therapy is about someone helping you explore the decision making process so you can make the decision that is best for your own life. Having someone who brings an unbiased point of view to your circumstance and is trained in the decision making process can be extremely helpful. If you are struggling to make a difficult decision, seeking professional help may be the key to bringing clarity to a situation. Licensed professional counselors, social workers, and psychologists are all equipped to assist with these difficult times in life. You don’t have to go it alone.
I’d love to hear how the decision making process went for you if you tried it out. Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Instagram @transformcc10.
Phone: (919) 306-2579
Nicole is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor with over 20 years experience helping adults and children with overcoming trauma, managing life transitions, and developing coping skills. She is specialized in working with anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions, and developing effective parenting skills with women and children with trauma concerns, anxiety and depression. Nicole provides a caring, non-judgmental mental health service for children (5-12), adolescents (13-18), and adults (18+) where she draws techniques from a variety of therapy models depending on the client’s needs. Nicole most often uses Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Client Centered treatment the most. Nicole owns a private practice called Transformation Counseling and Consulting PLLC.
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