FACT: Therapy is for everyone.
Okay, that might be mostly my own opinion. I believe that therapy can be for everyone. Whether you have something specific you'd like to address, or you're interested in personal exploration or growth. Therapy is there for you for as long as you'd like. Therapy is a moment just for you. And this is your official invitation to take that moment!
Together, we can explore the smallest steps you start taking right now. In therapy, I will encourage you to show up as your real self. No need to have it all together here! We’ll find new ways of thinking and behaving that allow you to reconnect with yourself and the important people in your life. You and I will discuss the ways that emotions show up in your mind and body. We’ll practice how to acknowledge and express them in creative ways like mindfulness, movement, art, or writing. There is a way to feel more comfort and enjoyment, even amidst uncertainty.
Anxiety can show up in obvious and hidden ways. Do you know that tight feeling in your chest, the unsettling flips the pit of your stomach, racing thoughts, feeling either frantic or frozen? Yep, that's anxiety. Have you experienced what you'd describe as a panic or anxiety attack? Or maybe you're thinking "but being anxious helps me to be prepared or get things done."
Together we'll explore the ways to turn down the dial on your anxiety so you can find both peace and productivity.
Depression is often a very internal experience. One that feels much different than it looks - and can't always be seen by others looking in from the outside. Perhaps you just can't seem to find the energy to do anything, or you don't get as much or any enjoyment out of the things you used to love doing. Or maybe you're absolutely exhausted from pretending that everything is fine. Each day feels heavy, hollow, or hopeless. You are not alone; there is hope.
Therapy can be a place to set all of these heavy feelings down and rest. We'll refill that hole. We'll find the glimmers of hope and joy in the darkest of times, until life gets a little easier.
Self-esteem, self-confidence, self-acceptance, self-love, self-_______ . These are all words used to describe that feeling of presence, authenticity, assuredness (is that a word?) and comfort in your own skin. This is being able to show up exactly as you are. If no one has told you this today, you are allowed to be exactly as you are!
In therapy we'll uncover your true sense of self and practice existing joyfully in all of your you-ness. You deserve to embody and share that joy!
Humans are social creatures. We need meaningful connection. Have you noticed that something different or difficult in your relationships? With family, partner or significant other, family, or coworkers. Our experience of anxiety, depression, or stress can really make it hard to interact with others.
We'll identify what else may be going on that has lessened your capacity to connect, and practice communication skills for when things are tough.
Moving through planned or unexpected transitions can be exciting and challenging. You may feel resistant, distracted, or even longing for a sense of control through change.
In therapy, we can slow down, strategize, consider another perspective, and confidently settle on the incremental next step will be on your way to something new.
Unleashing our creativity has so many tremendous benefits. It can help us to be more flexible, better problem solvers, find different ways of communicating, builds confidence, hushes the inner-critic, and is just plain fun!
I love incorporating tools such as mindfulness, movement, art, or writing in therapy. Remember, this is a non-judgmental space to explore!
Curious about the evidence-based therapeutic approaches I might use? Keep on reading!
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) looks at the ways our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors are interconnected.
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) aims to bolster communication skills, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and mindfulness.
Solution Focused Brief Therapy prioritizes setting relatively short-term goals, leveraging existing strengths, and emphasizes positive psychology principles.
Humanistic Therapy considers the vastness of the human condition to find healing in self-discovery, personal values, and meaning making.
Narrative Therapy incorporates use of written or spoken story telling and allows for clarifying, refocusing, and closure.
Mindfulness encourages us to slow down, notice our experience and surroundings, and find a moment of pause before jumping to the next thought, judgement, or action.
Somatic Approaches focuses on the felt experiences of the body- the way that emotions show up and are stored in our bodies.
Questions? Reach out!
Want to do even more reading on any of these approaches? I recommend taking a look around some sites like Psychology Today, verywellmind, or GoodTherapy.