My Approach to Helping
Anxiety is a life-sucker and can be extremely crippling. It can interfere with your ability to stay present, be productive, maintain relationships, and can rob you of happiness. Maybe you've become homebound, can't go to sleep without checking off a list of items over and over or get so caught up in your thinking that you feel paralyzed to make any decisions. Perhaps your anxiety is compounded with ADHD and life seems like a true slog to get anything accomplished. You’ve seen therapists, but with each failed intervention attempt, you only become more certain that it’s hopeless. You cannot give up, there's another way forward.
I approach every client uniquely and use an eclectic, person-centered, integrative, evidence-based model as well as the ACT model. We will set overall goals that will not only help you with what you are struggling with mentally but also aid you in reaching better health all around. When ready, I will challenge you and help set weekly goals to work towards.
Aside from the omnipresent stigma, the process for getting help can be overwhelming and exhausting, leaving one feeling frustrated and lonely. However, I also know how life-changing it can be to find the right help. You only get this one life and I am here to help you live it in your most authentic, fully expressed, ideal way. I look forward to connecting!
More Info About My Practice
Welcome, and thank you for taking the time to learn more about me! I have over 15 years of experience working in the mental health field in various settings--including inpatient, outpatient, inner-city clinics, schools and private practice. I specialize in the treatment of Anxiety Disorders/Perfectionism/Fear, and ADHD. My passion for the field stems from my personal experience with it--overcoming a debilitating anxiety/panic disorder and accompanying depression. It was the scariest, most difficult time of my life. However, I made a promise to myself that if one day I could overcome my debilitating anxiety, then I would help others to do the same.
I love working with teens, young adults and adults struggling to find their way out or a new, passion-driven way forward. I'm known to offer "active" therapy in that I will challenge you when ready, assign homework goals between sessions and provide lots of support as we walk this journey together.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
Ever since 2002 when I became so debilitated by anxiety, I knew I needed to help others who struggle if I got better. I tried very hard to find someone to help me with the depth of my issues (I was home-bound, not driving, and life came to a standstill for quite some time).
Despite meeting with various therapists, I found that through my exhaustive research into how to help myself, I knew more about anxiety and its various presentations than they did. Many therapists say they treat anxiety, but they haven't lived it to the depths that I have. It was hard to find someone that truly understood what it felt like and what was and wasn't helpful.
The process was defeating until I finally found someone who could help me. Now I use a similar approach with my clients and it's so wonderful to see their lives improving and opening up. They have gained tools to look at their struggles differently and are now living lives they value.
You don't have to suffer alone. I can help. Contact me for a free 15-minute consultation today.