Support to Help You Manage Financial Stressors

Financial Therapy

Are you struggling to adapt to a recent change in your finances? Is your relationship being strained by financial challenges? Perhaps you are living on your own for the first time and are anxious about paying your bills, enjoying life, and saving money for the future. At City Counseling Center, we work with young adults and adults to help them understand and manage their financial stressors. Our counselors also help individuals understand how they handle their money to identify areas for improvement.

If you are anxious or depressed about money, we can help.

It’s normal to have high stress or anxiety levels as you experience complicated medical procedures, difficult decisions, and the uncertainty of treatments. Feelings of sadness and loss from unsuccessful conception attempts and cycles of hope and disappointment are natural. You may find yourself wondering if you are to blame. You may feel angry, guilty, ashamed, and isolated, but you are not alone.

What is Financial Therapy?

Money is a complex concept that’s both subjective and objective. It plays a significant role in our overall well-being. The stressors of managing money and dealing with financial challenges can take a huge toll on an individual’s emotional health. When left unchecked, this emotional burden can spread into other areas of a person’s life, including relationships, physical health, and quality of life. Just as with any other form of counseling, financial therapy provides support and advice geared specifically toward the financial realm and the anxiety that accompanies it.

Common Response to Severe Economic Hardship

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Detachment
  • Difficulties with sleep (such as falling asleep, staying asleep, or sleeping too much)
  • Difficulties with food (overeating or under-eating)
  • Physical symptoms (suc as high blood pressure, upset stomach, tension, or chronic pain, etc.)
  • Recurring thoughts about financial struggles

Financial Situations People Commonly Report as Stressful

  • Moving out and managing personal finances for the first time
  • High levels of debt and insufficient funds to pay it off
  • An unexpected loss of income or assets
  • Increase in financial responsibilities (such as caring for a sick family member or new child)
  • Differences in spending habits between people who share income
  • Compulsive spending 
  • Gambling problems
  • Foreclosure or bankruptcy
  • Poverty
Therapy can help relieve the strain of financial difficulties and can help eradicate the financial burdens themselves. Therapy is designed to help people evaluate their spending habits to decide whether they are unhealthy or their perspectives about money are the results of lessons learned in childhood. For example, a person may have learned in childhood that stress or anxiety can be alleviated, even temporarily, by through shopping, because this was the coping mechanism used by their parents. Therapy provides support to individuals to help them understand the cause of their financial difficulties to develop healthier choices and patterns for the future.

Compassionate Support for Growth

At City Counseling Center, we work with young adults and adults to develop the essential financial skills and habits necessary to live a meaningful life beyond the stressors of money. If you’re feeling overwhelmed trying to conquer your challenges, you are not alone. The counselors at City Counseling Center are dedicated to helping you and your loved ones identify and overcome the obstacles impacting their life. From establishing boundaries and managing anxiety to processing trauma or loss, we are here to help through the difficulties regardless of what you are dealing with.

We understand that there is no “one size fits all” approach to therapy. We create an inclusive space where people of all ages will feel comfortable expressing their feelings and emotions. Our therapeutic approaches are unique to your specific needs and goals. Our team leverages their experience and diverse backgrounds to create individualized treatment plans designed to help you or your child manage the ups and downs of life.