Pamela Castelli, LCSW
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: Lcsw - 077646|
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"GET UNSTUCK IN YOUR RELATIONSHIPS" Is saying NO a great challenge at times? Do you do for others without doing for yourself? Practicing self-care is an important part of achieving mental health. It can require setting healthy boundaries in relationships, however, saying NO and meeting our own needs can cause fear of abandonment- anxiety about someone being angry/disappointed with us and then, not liking/loving us anymore. You can take care of yourself and still maintain healthy, loving relationships. Therapy sessions can help you get unstuck in your relationships and achieve your goals.
You can learn how to:
Let go of other people's expectations of you
Bounce back from disappointments and perceived failures
Ask effectively for what you want
Allow others to know your true self
Experience a sense of serenity and fulfillment in your relationships
I focus on individual psychotherapy for adults and adolescents struggling with symptoms of anxiety and depression, mood disorders, and relationship issues. Together, we can define the steps necessary for making positive changes in your life.
Email or Call Pamela Castelli, LCSW at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 08582
More Info About My Practice
I offer a sliding scale, working with clients' financial limitations. My office provides a casual, home-like environment with private parking and waiting area. I am knowledgable of HIPAA guidelines and practice accordingly. When emailing, please include a contact number so that I may reach out to you to discuss your treatment needs.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I specialize in working with Adult Children of Alcoholics and other individuals struggling with another person's emotional problems. The therapeutic relationship offers practical guidance to help clients recognize when it is appropriate to allow others to take responsibility for their own struggles. I work with clients who are interested in learning effective communication skills, self-relaxation techniques, and healthier decision-making tools. I have hands-on knowledge and insight into the principles of Al-Anon Family Groups and other twelve-step programs.
If you feel you are 'stuck' in an unhealthy relationship pattern that leaves you feeling emotionally unfulfilled, you may have experienced a form of childhood trauma that involved verbal/physical abuse and/or emotional neglect. Emotional neglect is, often, harder to recognize than abuse because it involves what was NOT THERE in childhood. Emotional neglect can include a lack of:
Parental interest in a child's hobbies/natural talents
Parental support for a child fulfilling academic responsibilities
Some part of you may feel attracted to individuals who are emotionally unavailable and another part of you may feel resentful and anxious when your needs are not met. This may represent a familiar pattern that originated in childhood. Therapy can help you to understand, accept, and heal those parts.
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
I practice a person-centered approach, believing that the relationship between the therapist and client is the basis for successful treatment. A working relationship takes time and requires some 'faith' in the therapy process. I TAKE THE JOURNEY WITH YOU, ALWAYS REMAINING ALONGSIDE, for support, encouragment, guidance, and knowledge if you wish it. It is not my job to tell you what your life should 'look' like. It IS my job to ask questions and offer input that may help to bring your needs/wants to the surface and then explore how to fulfill them. I recognize that it can be extremely helpful for the therapist to just be present and 'bear witness' to someone else's emotional pain. For many of us, the lack of other people in our lives who are able/willing to share difficult feelings can cause symptoms of anxiety, depression, and overwhelm.
IT IS IMPORTANT THAT I REMAIN OPEN TO YOUR INPUT and to periodically check in with you throughout treatment to know how the relationship is progressing and if there is anything specific that you need from me in order to reach fulfillment.
Services I Provide
- Group Therapy
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
Ages I Work With
Groups I Work With
Adult children of alcoholics (ACOA), survivors of childhood trauma
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