My Approach to Helping
You are not your depression. You are not your anxiety. You are not your circumstance or what has happened to you in the past. Who you are as a person is separate from these feelings or the things you have done. When we experience depression or anxiety or trauma our filters are off and we can no longer see the positive things in ourselves and in our lives. We question our worth and our value. Then we shame ourselves for not being able to do the things that we feel like we “should” do, or what we did before we felt this way, or doing the same as what others around us are doing.
It’s okay to get help and I give you permission to feel what you are feeling. You deserve to feel better and you matter. Know that you will not always feel how you feel in this moment. Depression, anxiety and even trauma can be treated and managed. My purpose is to walk beside you to provide and guide you with an authentic and empathetic relationship while helping you gain the tools you need in order to feel better and achieve your goals. I know it’s scary, but you are not alone in this. I am here to help. I believe that our relationships and connections with others are so important, especially when you choose to begin to work on yourself in such a vital relationship, as with a therapist. Let’s see if I am a fit for you. One of my favorite reminders by Karen Lamb says, “A year from now you may wish you had started today.” It will take time, but what do you have to lose?
More Info About My Practice
I have had the honor of walking the path with diverse individuals in in a variety of settings. I have extensive experience in the field, which include counseling with individuals, families, couples, and groups. Naturally I am person-centered in my approach. I am also trained in CBT, and solution-focused. I am also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.
Additionally, I have several other therapists on staff who are finishing up their post-graduate licensing hours who I supervise and can offer reduced rates. Starting in June I will have counseling students who can offer even more of a reduced cost for services on a sliding scale fee. If we can't help you, we will help you try to find someone who is a good fit!
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
Ajana in Bengali means unknown, unfamiliar, undiscovered. My private practice was born out of my own ajana, my own gut wrenching discomfort. During this time I heard the saying "Never fear the ajana, for that is where the good stuff happens" and it clicked. Of course it's scary, the unknown always is. But through the unknown there is always growth. As Tracee Ellis Ross says, "I am learning every day to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me." From my own uncomfortable growth this beautiful company was formed. So with this, I hope you can join us in guiding you during your unknown, help you see the value in the undiscovered, and lessen the fear of the unfamiliar.