Counseling to Enhance Women's Lives
If your mental health were your top priority, what would you do differently today? Use therapy to help you overcome obstacles, manage stress, cope with pain and progress toward the life you want. As your psychologist I serve as your consultant and coach as well as your therapist. We work together to protect, build and sustain your well being, happiness and life satisfaction.
Tell Your Story
The counseling begins with telling your story. My practice provides a private setting to talk about areas for acceptance, growth or change. Therapy is different things for different people. You just want talk to someone about what’s on your mind. You may be looking for information, tools or guidance. Everyone benefits from encouragement, acknowledgement and feedback.
Access Professional Guidance and Support
I use an integrative approach, drawing on various schools of therapy, best practices and lines of research to provide individualized care. My treatment and self care recommendations reflect a focus on what works for you. They link you with findings from cognitive behavioral therapy, developmental psychology, positive psychology and mindfulness practice. I'll be interested in what you are already doing to support your well-being - what practices, apps, websites, books or articles you find helpful.
Studies show that many people wait a surprisingly long time to seek help. Be different. Face problems to reduce their impact. Acknowledge and accept your vulnerabilities. Learn to recognize triggers and respond differently. Practice new ways of handling difficult thoughts and feelings. The past does not have to determine the future.
Shift Your Stance
It's healthy to seek support during stressful times. It speaks to your resolve to navigate challenges and desire to overcome them. And, it suggests natural impulse not to do it alone. As people we are deeply social. We find our way out of difficulties better with others than on our own.
Talking to loved ones can be helpful. But, therapy offers something different - a private setting, time dedicated to you and access to a professional perspective. Tough times present opportunities for learning and growth, if you so chose.
What in your life would you like to make a little bit better? Cultivate small-scale happiness. Small moments of satisfaction and appreciation feed and sustain well-being. Thinking or acting just a little differently can be surprisingly powerful. Each small action strengthens new pathways, making it easier next time.
Be Aware and Accept
Awareness, acceptance and change are linked. Awareness of thoughts, emotions and behavior sets the stage for reducing their negative impact. Acceptance can help you figure out better ways of managing what's bothering you. Awareness of what is going inside you can help you take care of yourself to better take care of your life. Both awareness and acceptance play a role in loosening up stuck emotions.
We will likely talk about how your experiences, thoughts, emotions, physical reactions and behavior influence one another and your life. We'll look at whether there are things you are doing that inadvertently maintain worry, sadness or fear. You may choose to consider what your key values are and how they can be drawn on to guide your actions.
Take Action or Choose Inaction
Therapy includes articulating personal goals and taking steps toward them. It may involve practicing and strengthening skills, for example in the areas of stress management, emotion regulation, health behavior, self care, communication, assertiveness and/or managing negative thoughts. People who are working on fears often use therapy to incrementally face them.
Inaction can also be liberating. Counseling sometimes involves encouragement to do less. With anxiety often comes a tendency toward "doing-ness" and busy brain, which may manifest as over working or over thinking. If you run anxious, it will likely serve to engage less your with anxious thoughts. The less you feed them, the weaker and less troublesome they become. Similarly, learning to detach from work fuels resilience.
Build and Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle
Change takes its own time. Meanwhile, your lifestyle sets the frame. You build new, positive habits by feeding them again and again. They'll become stronger, taking the place of old ones that fall aside. Where could you stand to improve? Being better about taking down time, spending less time on screens, more outside?
Enjoy Gratitude and Connection
Let's look ahead. Your mood is better. Life still has its ups and downs. Tough things still come your way. But your response to them feels different. You know what to watch for. You bounce back more quickly. You find yourself appreciating small things deeply. You experience a feeling of gratitude, of connection to special people in your life, maybe a little more openness, an orientation toward meaning.
Start Feeling Better Today
What can you do today to boost your mental health and life satisfaction? Step away from your screens. Move. Go outside. Meditate and/or do yoga. Drink and smoke less or not at all. Practice gratitude. Proceed with intention. Reach out to someone you care about. Be of service. What makes you feel awe? Do it. Orient your energy toward interesting or meaningful pursuits, things that inspire and uplift you, that give you a sense of purpose. Get help.
Ready to Move Forward?
It's your time to feel better. Contact me to get started.