My Approach to Helping
Many of us were taught to ignore our hearts. As children, almost all of us endured instances of overwhelming emotional pain. And if the emotional pain was frequent enough, or severe enough, eventually we learned ways to shut down our hearts. We also deduced things about our hearts that weren't necessarily true. Things like "expressing my feelings does no good; no one knows how to help me when I'm afraid; my tears are a burden to others; I'm too sensitive."
Anxiety, depression, self-hatred, uncontrolled anger, addiction and other mental health symptoms are the archeological remnants of our young, emotional selves, remnants of our hearts, our inner child. The young, sensitive 'you' was shut down in childhood, but not completely. The mental health symptoms you now experience are evidence that your heart is still crying for the attention it needs. The little, emotional 'you' still needs care and explanations. Your heart needs to know that you got it wrong, that it is welcome and wanted.
I believe psychotherapy is uniquely equipped to help us find our hearts. As we sit with a professional and allow them to know us, our younger parts and shut off emotions get to be re-parented. Then our hearts hear a different truth; that our desires matter, that our feelings give us data that we need to make good decisions and to form healthy relationships. As we receive care in the therapeutic relationship, unacknowledged hurts get validated, lost parts of ourselves get reintroduced, and unwanted symptoms lesson and even dissipate.
I love getting invited into people's life stories and assisting them to explore their own hearts' true desires. I am committed to providing a safe, nurturing, accepting space for you to receive empathy and accompaniment in whatever suffering or problem has you stuck. When is the last time someone really listened to you? When you felt heard and known? Whether you are seeking a solution or simply acceptance of something that has no solution, I would love to help. Reach out today. You never know where one conversation could lead you.