Do you find your mind racing or have difficulty falling asleep worrying about the next day's tasks? Is your child making choices you’re worried about? Would you like your partner to do more of some things and less of others? Are there people in your life you’d like to say no to?
Women need a therapist who understands the psychology of women and how much you expect of yourself. In my work, I have found that women's struggles with relationships, depression, anxiety, shame, work issues, grief, and self-esteem are different than those men experience. Research shows that women suffer from depression, anxiety, and PTSD at disproportionate rates. This is not surprising when you learn that these are common reactions to intense stressors.
Many women experience high levels of stress as they attempt to balance and find meaning in life’s challenges, and their roles and responsibilities as mothers, daughters, partners, and professionals. Every stage of a woman’s life presents a new set of challenges that keep her busy. Compassionate and supportive counseling has a powerful effect in helping women work through these struggles. When a woman is empowered, her well-being is increased and she brings valuable resources to her family and community and sets positive trends that have a lasting impact on her life and her family.
“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” – Brené Brown
Whether we’re on the verge of leaping into marriage, getting a divorce, suffering through anxiety or depression, struggling with work, family, empty nest, or retirement, we often find the same issues of self-trust, fear of loss, and control appearing again and again. Imagine what your life could look like without the fears, doubts, or self-criticism keeping you down.
Facing another life challenge? What is certain is that life doesn't stop and changes and transitions are a guarantee. Facing an unexpected future? Perhaps you are changing careers or retiring? Navigating an illness or are a caregiver? Maybe you recently divorced or sent your youngest off to college and you feel loss? It can be so overwhelming. I can help you adapt and provide support as you navigate this change.
Do you feel that you've lost your voice in your life or relationships? Or try to please rather than speaking your truth, fearing you will be judged. Self-esteem and outlook are vital areas of wellness that are often overlooked. If you have a poor relationship with yourself—in mind, body, or spirit—your life suffers. We all know what it’s like to get caught up in self-criticism. I can help you move beyond the past and move toward self-empowerment and joy.
Stop Anxiety from stopping you. Anxiety affects about 40 million American adults each year and can show up in a variety of ways like heart pounding, worries and fears, feeling "not good enough", or panic. What is it doing to your life, your relationships, your sleep, health, work, and ability to pursue things that are important to you? If anxiety interferes with your daily life, whatever that is for you, we can create a plan to help you build the skills you need to address your anxiety.
Depression is almost twice as likely to affect women than men and can have different contributing causes in women. Being depressed often feels like carrying a very heavy burden. Depression looks a little different in different people. One person may struggle to get out of bed, while another might be able to go to work without co-workers noticing that she's depressed. You may feel "sad" or "empty," or cry frequently or lost interest in things that you once enjoyed. You can experience difficulty with sleep or concentrating, appetite, fatigue or feelings of worthlessness, but you are not alone in this struggle. Millions of Americans suffer from some form of depression every year. The good news is, depression is treatable.
Are you feeling stressed? Coping with illness? Wellness matters because all we do and every emotion we feel relates to our well-being. A crucial part of wellness is a healthy connection and collaboration between mind, body, and spirit. When stress becomes chronic, it starts a chain reaction in the body that damages the nervous, endocrine and immune systems. Optimizing wellness helps decrease stress and risk of illness, cope with illness, and increase elements that are essential to living a balanced life. Using positive psychology and "coaching psychology" strategies, my goal is to help you step by step to close the gap between where you are right now and where you want to be in the future.