Individual psychotherapy is truly an act of self care in the midst of our overwhelmingly busy daily lives. It's an investment in YOU because you're worth it! The problem with running around busily every day is that we lose the present moment. We start to disconnect from ourselves and others and over time, we can lose a sense of who we are and where we're headed. What follows are usually symptoms of anxiety, depression, feelings of guilt and self-doubt, and problems in our relationships. There are many other reasons for seeing a therapist such as symptoms of post-traumatic stress, complicated grief as the result of losing of a loved one, phobias, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive behavior, feelings of insecurity, stage of life change, divorce, marriage, parenting, and just plain stress. That list is a bit overwhelming, isn't it? Our emotional health and the complexity of relationships is not something the average person is trained on or has seen modeled for them in a healthy way by their parents and yet many expect they should be able to figure it all out by themselves. Whatever it is that brings you to therapy, we will work though it and you can experience a rejuvenated life filled with joy and success.
As we begin our work together, I will create a non-judgmental space for you to feel safe, known and accepted. We will start out with a thorough intake assessment where I will get a sense of your strengths and struggles and their underlying roots. Together we'll create a treatment plan for change. Within the context of our relationship, masks can be removed and you can truly be yourself in a way that may have seemed impossible in other relationships. You can absolutely live a life more fulfilled and in line with your values and it feels so good!
Couples often consider seeking out therapy when they have become dissatisfied in their relationship. They may be experiencing repetitive arguments, mistrust, feelings of distance or emptiness in the relationship, anger, resentment or lack of interest in a physical relationship with one another. Couples often feel the relationship is stuck and they are repeating the same conversations about it without any change. These struggles can build up and worsen over time if not effectively resolved.
In couples sessions, I use Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) and Hope-Focused Marriage Counseling techniques. These kinds of therapy typically focus on exploring attachment patterns, as well as issues of power, voice, and expectations, with the goal of repairing wounds, improving communication, establishing boundaries and restoring trust and intimacy. Couple’s therapy can help you move from tense conflict to a more emotionally and intimately connected experience where the couple’s differences are celebrated or collaboratively and constructively resolved. Imagine working through conflicts without ever "fighting" and walking away from conversations feeling closer to one another and part of a team!