My Approach to Helping
Life can feel like it's in a constant state of transition. As soon as you feel like you have stabilized, something new comes your way. It can be the birth of a child or challenges conceiving, a new job, a new relationship, a new city. The list goes on and on. But the feeling that you get in response to that change remains the same. You feel destabilized, anxious, and sad. Even for positive changes in our lives, we can feel those negative feelings. It can be a confusing time.
One way of managing these feelings is to throw a label on them such as depression or anxiety and then take medications. But that label does not always help solve the problem or even help highlight the core cause of those emotions. Instead, I look at your environment and support you in identifying why you are feeling this way right now. Together we create an understanding of your current emotions, and create a way to not only stabilize you as you adjust to yet another life change but also find ways to have you thrive. Towards the end of our time together, we create action plans that you can set into place when you anticipate yet another life change coming so as a way to help prevent future destabilizing adjustments.
More Info About My Practice
I use a non judgemental and collaborative approach in my therapy with clients. I pull from different theoretical orientations including cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems, and evidence-based approaches in order to customize a plan that is specific to your current life and lifestyle needs. We then walk through our plan together, having you try out different techniques, and figuring out together what works best for you. Along the way, I ask for feedback so as to make sure that you feel supported, safe, and to ensure that we are moving in the right direction.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I work with a few different groups of people in my practice. One of my primary focuses is supporting individuals and couples who are living with infertility. Infertility affects 1 in 10 couples in the USA and continues to grow in it's prevalence. As someone who has gone through infertility treatments myself, I can empathize and understand the struggle more than others. I can help you understand all of the infertility jargon, provide you with coping skills as you undergo your treatments, and support you in remaining a healthy and strong couple.
Another area of special focus is Millennials who are going through difficult life transitions and quarter life crises. Between the huge amounts of student loans from college, the stressors of work, and the isolation that comes with living in large metropolitans, more and more millennials report an increase stress, anxiety, and a quarter life crisis. I am here to walk you through your choices, support you as you evaluate your quality of life, and help you make decisions that will improve your quality of life and life satisfaction.
My final area of focus is in supporting new parents. Becoming a new parent is an exhilarating and terrifying milestone in many people's lives. No matter how much you have planned for this moment, you still feel unprepared and overwhelmed by it. And now, thanks to social media, you look around and feel inferior to all of the insta moms and dads that you see online daily. It's a normal transition to go through that most people don't openly talk about. I am here to support you through this major life transition. I am here to help you through sleepless nights, worries about your baby's development, and any other questions you might have related to parenting. I have extensive clinical training in parenting as well as personal life experience with my two year old twins.