My Approach to Helping
Welcome! Have you found yourself searching for more meaning, or satisfaction in your life, career or relationships? Here at Mindful Matters Psychotherapy, PLLC we work to provide you with a caring and supportive space where you can both explore your emotions, while setting and achieving your goals. Abby Mullen, LCSW has been specializing in helping people navigate transitional periods on their lives for the last ten years. Through a conversational approach, Abby will use her skills in Cognitive Behavioral, Mindfulness and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help you allow for feelings of anxiety while continuing to meet and maintain your goals in your life. If you feel as though you are stuck, feeling anxious or depressed, or simply uncertain of your next move talking to a professional may help you find the tools you need to face your fears and reach your full potential.
More Info About My Practice
Sessions will be tailored to your individual needs. As the sessions are mindfully, solution and cognitive behaviorally focused, each time you meet will feel like a working session. The space is yours to explore and process whatever you need to at the time; and I will be working with you to employ skills and insights in order to better reach your potential and live your best life.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
In psychotherapy I often find myself as the witness and holder of people's worst memories or biggest fears. I have been asked many times why I would choose such a profession. Most people either do all they can to avoid another's pain, or brace themselves prior to engaging in an emotionally painful event. I find that through my work in the office, I am able to give the person in emotional pain, the space they need to work through anxiety, grief or a difficult transition without worrying about me. How often do you notice you wish to explore a decision or a memory, but hold it for fear of how your partner, parent or friend may handle it? My job and my privilege is to give you a safe and warm environment where you can best explore your anxiety, depression or fear and help you to create and achieve goals stemming from that exploration.
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
Though it is seeming to get better, "society" often still labels therapy or counseling as a sign of instability or weakness. I would challenge that belief. Confronting your fears, working through anxiety or sadness is not an easy undertaking. In fact the clients who come to see me are the people who find the strength to come and explore their deepest secrets or biggest concerns. They are the individuals who decide that they want to create their own futures, rather than continue down the path that is not serving them well. Learning to both allow for your emotion (rather than suppress or bottle it) while continuing to fully engage in your life shows an immense strength. I encourage you to take a breath and consider what you may be able to achieve if you faced your fears, emotions and goals!