My Approach to Helping
Recognizing that every individual is different and challenged by their own set of specific concerns, my goal is to assist clients in finding new strategies for managing their current issues and to become the lifelong custodian of their own happiness and wellness.
If you feel the time has come to address your depressionanxiety, relationship discourse, addiction, anger issues, or perhaps grief and loss....just know you can overcome whatever challenge facing you. A common occurrence I see happening is this idea we're all familiar with....change happens. But what happens when the consequences of the change are so negative they severely impact our lives?
More Info About My Practice
Life can be such a challenge, and there's not an owner’s manual or clear cut direction given on how to become the best version ourselves that we can be. As we travel our path, we discover more about who we are, but the time might come when we find ourselves stuck, fearful or confused. Unfortunately, we're often unaware of the ways in which we've stopped growing and living vibrantly until anxiety, depression or some compulsive or addictive behavior affects our lives. Psychotherapy offers a pathway to change and engage our lives more fully.
Everyone has their own reasons for seeking out therapist. It can be anything from a negative review at work, to a relationship conflict with a family member, a partner or another loved one that is causing you discomfort, or a specific event in your life has triggered unfamiliar emotions. Other reasons that have people looking for help are dealing with a major loss, navigating a positive, yet still challenging life transition or simply feeling stuck. Sometimes moments in our life transitions are accompanied by:
* Painful emotions such as shame, anger, sadness and helplessness
* Inability to self-comfort
* Anxiety, uncertainty and fear
* A low self-esteem
* Sense of isolation and difficulty connecting with others
* Struggles with identity
* Overwhelming emotions or limited awareness of feelings
Whatever you're reasons, in our work together I'll provide a safe and supportive environment to help you better understand and address the issues in your life that are holding you back.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
My own personal journey of self-reflection began in the summer of 1992 when I realized many of the choices I had been making were not only adversely affecting me but also those with whom I loved. A friend shared her own experience, the solutions she had found and thus began my own journey. That was over 25 years ago.
In my free time, I try to practice what I preach - balance. Being in touch with where I am mentally, physically and spiritually is a daily process. The outdoors play a vital role. I can generally be found either spinning around on my mountain bike or running the wooded trails of the Greenbelt, Walnut Creek Park, or on the hike and bike trail around Town Lake. The exploration of spiritual beliefs continue to develop through meditation and engagement with the local recovery community and thus, positively impacting my overall mental well-being.