My Approach to Helping
Something feels “off” or maybe a little broken. Problems you once were able to solve with ease, now feel insurmountable. Friendships, relationships, and hobbies that used to bring you joy, now have less meaning. Your mind is scattered and the negative thoughts that tell you “you’re worthless,” are getting louder. You feel yourself slipping but you’re too tired, lonely, or scared to move. Or perhaps you’re moving too much; trying to keep busy to stay in front of the discomfort or resist confronting a painful experience. In spite of all that, you are here, reading this, which tells me you are resilient and ready to make a purposeful shift.
Facing your mental health challenges automatically makes you one of the bravest people I know. It takes tremendous courage to show up in therapy and do the work; peel back protective layers you have built over the years to cope with your pain and protect your heart. When we weed out the old habits that no longer serve us, we make space for something more beautiful to bloom.
For parents reading this, helping your child navigate the emotional ups and downs of adolescence and emerging adulthood is overwhelming and, at times, even terrifying. It can feel like you don’t even know the teenager sitting across from you at the dinner table. How do you set and maintain boundaries that feel respectful for everyone in the house? How do you make collaborative decisions when your teen is constantly pushing you away? These are difficult dynamics that every parent faces, made only harder when compounded by a mental health crisis or trauma. I am here to help guide your growing child into thinking through their life choices and making healthy decisions that will set them up for success in life.