When it's time to find a safe and supportive place to explore life
"It may be that when we no longer know what to do
we have come to our real work,
and that when we no longer know which way to go
we have come to our real journey.
The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings."
WHAT WOULD MAKE THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE IN YOUR LIFE?
Some people come to therapy because they need an advocate, someone who will help them explore their goals and values. They are seeking someone who will support them to be self-directed, and responsive, while uncovering obstacles and discovering strengths to create the life they want.
Others want a sounding board and reflective feedback for important life transitions. This can include our abrupt recent changes such as managing unemployment, work at home with or without children, homeschooling, partnership and vulnerable relationships, that ask us for new relating and emotional regulation skills. A reliable internal sense of strength and awareness and the ability to pause before reacting help us to look after our nervous systems in responsible ways.
Therapy for others means having more choice and control over memories, thoughts, emotions and behaviors to create a better quality of life and social relationships. Examining ways we habitually reflect and react based on our emotional responses and learning critical thinking skills can build a dynamic toolbox to have the ability to make life-affirming choices, and finding the middle ground. We can learn to "carry our own weather" no matter what is happening around us. These skills are tantamount in these trying and uncertain times when we are challenged to navigate life for ourselves and others from a heart-aligned center.
Exploring life domains and creating structures tailored to support life goals are the focus for some people: working to design step-by-step plans and inbuilt accountability for actions and aspirations. This can entail some soul-searching for discovering one's "True North," and uncovering any obstacles on the path to self-directed living.
Some people care most about developing insight and giving old, outdated patterns an upgrade: learning to build a field of awareness through mindfulness practices to gain self-knowledge, strengthen self-compassion and make clearer choices. They want to have a more meaningful, unencumbered life, with discipline, focus and freedom.
Together, we will discover:
* Your expectations for therapy - discovering your "True North"
* Your interest and readiness for change: unwanted behaviors, thoughts, feelings and circumstances
* How you relate to your self-care and regard
* How you relate to others
* Understanding and integrating your life experiences - finding acceptance
* The most effective ways we can work together to meet your needs
As an integral part of therapy, I am committed to being present with you and work to attune to your unique therapeutic goals, and the specific supports you need to make a positive difference in your quality of life. We'll explore ways to increase your self-understanding and how you can best resource yourself for dynamic and sustained wellbeing.
It is important to keep in mind that therapy is not a magic pill or a quick fix: therapy is a healing process that takes some time, and necessitates participation and investment from patient and therapist alike. Along the way you will learn to build a field of internal awareness, safely explore uncomfortable memories and feelings and make small changes in self-defeating thoughts and behaviors to bring transformational, life-affirming results.
My services are personalized to suit your individual needs, and my focus is to help you discover inner peace through building self-awareness and strengthening your resources for navigating life's challenges - now, or for what may come.
If you’re looking for quality Family Therapy sessions with a counselor who cares - then you’ve definitely come to the right place. During our sessions, I offer guidance, insight and feedback to support your family to meet your therapeutic goals. Goals can range from integration of changes in family structure such as separation, divorce or loss to behaviors that are affecting family functioning, such as learning new ways to express feelings, needs and finding acceptance.
Feeling like something is missing, plagued by unwanted thoughts, feelings and behaviors that prevent you from living life fully? Or do you just sense deep down that it's time to make a change? It might be time to reach out for the support you need from a knowledgeable professional. My sessions will help you to discover what you need and find tools and guidance to help you navigate life’s most complex circumstances.
Children and their development are as unique as snowflakes. In an initial session with parents and caregivers, we'll discover your goals for therapy for your child. Ongoing check-ins and reflection will assist you in supporting those goals at home. Parenting skills and tools for improving behaviors, providing space for your child to explore and expand his or her own self-understanding and learning new behaviors and ways of thinking about things, may be a part of helping your child
A person between 12 and 18 years may be one of the rare types who willingly comes to counseling, but others are reluctant and mistrustful. Finding a place where you can have a supportive, private and confidential conversation to explore challenges in your life and important relationships can make all the difference. We'll work toward self-awareness and acceptance, perspective and expression where you will discover and create a solid, centered self you can count on to navigate life's ups and downs.