My Approach to Helping
Are you your own worst critic? Maybe you can’t shake the feeling that your best is never good enough? Do the little things feel overwhelming? Is it hard for you to stick up for yourself and you’re left swallowing your anger or disappointment? My name is Liz Caritj and I work with people in high stress situations, particularly people working in the field of law or in rigorous academic programs, who feel like they’re falling apart trying to hold everything together perfectly.
Clients come to me for a compassionate, and non-judgmental atmosphere. Gain better insight into unhelpful patterns and learn skills to change them. You can better understand the physical and emotional reactions and learn new tools to get through challenging situations. Imagine learning to trust yourself and letting go of your harsh inner critic.
I love helping people feel less alone and discover how powerful they really are. It is my goal to provide a safe atmosphere where you can unburden yourself and we can sort it out together, find healthy coping skills, and make a plan to get what's most important back into your life. Reach out to me today so that we can get started!
If you think I would be a good fit or are simply curious, please contact me to make an appointment or to request a free, brief (15-20 minute) phone consultation.
More Info About My Practice
I have 10 years of experience and have had the privilege of working in a variety of clinical settings during graduate school and after, including a university counseling center, community mental health clinics, and medical clinics. This variety has given me experience in treating a wide range of clients and struggles, from perfectionistic students feeling overwhelmed by their first year in law school, to young professionals struggling to make complex career choices. But I also have experience working with a wide variety of survivors of trauma, including immigrants who fled abuse and human trafficking. I'm not afraid to walk into dark places nor sit with people in their chaos and pain. I have hope.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
Everyone feels anxious sometimes, however when feelings of intense anxiety are overwhelming and start affecting important parts of life (like our jobs, social life, family, etc.) an anxiety disorder may be the cause. If you are one of the 40 million American adults living with an anxiety disorder, you may have trouble controlling your worrying, feel on edge and tense or have trouble sleeping, so much so, that it is getting in the way of enjoying your life. With expert psychological help at Bloom Counseling, you will have a non-judgmental atmosphere to unload and process your feelings. You will also learn helpful skills such as how to differentiate between your stressors and your stress response, practice strategies to close the stress response cycle, and learn a variety of other scientifically proven strategies such as those used in cognitive behavioral therapy. With these tools, you will have more control over how you mange stress and anxiety to reduce your symptoms.
TRAUMA AND POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER:
Traumatic events are common and, unfortunately, many people will experience at least one in their lives. It is common for people to have difficulty recovering after witnessing or experiencing a terrifying event. You may have nightmares or flashbacks, feelings of fear or sadness, self-blame, changes in sleep, or feeling like you?re often on guard or looking over your shoulder. These feelings may last months or years, with triggers that can bring back memories of the trauma accompanied by intense emotional and physical reactions.
Fortunately, there is treatment, even if your traumatic experience was a long time ago. I use evidence-based therapeutic approaches, such as Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Cognitive Processing Therapy. These approaches help you learn ways to confront and come to terms with painful memories and thoughts, so you don?t feel as distressed by them; learn tools to help you relax when you start getting too anxious or upset; and re-evaluate thoughts that may be making your memories of the event more painful so that you can have more helpful perspectives about the trauma.
I don't pressure you to talk about your trauma before you are ready, and prefer to spend the first few sessions teaching you tools to use to help you manage and reduce your symptoms. You will be encouraged to explore how your thoughts about the event may be making the memory of it more distressing. Many people blame themselves for what happened, or start seeing the world as a dangerous place after a traumatic event. I'll help you deal with these thoughts and have a more helpful perspective.
Everyone feels down sometimes, however if you are one of the 16 million Americans suffering with depression, it can start to affect important parts of your life. You may not only feel low, but also have trouble enjoying what you once found fun, or lack the energy and motivation you use to have. With expert psychological help at Bloom Counseling, you can have a non-judgmental atmosphere to unload and process your feelings while also learning helpful skills to get more out of life and reduce your symptoms.