INDIVIDUAL COUNSELING

Individual therapy is a safe way to deal with difficult emotions that can interfere with your daily life. In our sessions we will work together to address underlying issues causing distress, understand how certain relationships or situations affect your present-day life, equip you with healthy coping mechanisms, increase self-awareness, and explore ways in which you that can achieve a better balance in your life.

Because every person and situation is different, I tailor therapy approaches specific to your needs.

HOW I HELP

Addiction can take many forms, be it alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, and even food.  You may feel dependent on the substance or behavior just to feel “normal”.  Many times, addiction is also paired with feelings of depression or anxiety.  Together we will look at all pieces involved in what led to the out-of-control road of addiction and help guide you on the path to recovery.

See my resources for addiction.

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress.  It’s when it becomes a cycle of anxious thoughts that it can become a problem. You may miss a lot of life that’s in front of you by constantly thinking “what if?” and being preoccupied about something outside your control. Different aspects of life, such as performance at work or school and interactions in social relationships can be negatively impacted as a result.  In therapy, we will identify the root of your anxiety and use tools that teach you how to challenge and reconstruct anxious thought patterns.

Feeling down, overwhelmed, or just “stuck”? You are not alone. Depression affects many people, and can feel like it is  too difficult to overcome.  Together, we will assess the underlying factors that contribute to your depression and develop a plan of healthy ways to cope with and reduce symptoms.

If you’ve experienced a difficult or traumatic event, you may feel like you’re always on high-alert, unsafe, or preoccupied with thoughts associated with the trauma.  You may also be triggered by sights, sounds, smells, or even feelings, regardless of how long ago the event occurred. These triggers can bring back painful memories and cause intense emotional and physical reactions.  Facing these memories can be very difficult.  I will provide a space to safely explore and alleviate the burden of symptoms associated with trauma so that you may experience a healthier way of living.

Over time, a person experiences a number of life changes. Some of these changes, such as marriage, births, and new jobs, are generally positive. Others, such as divorce, starting college, or loss, may cause a significant amount of stress.  Whether positive or negative, adjusting to life transitions can be difficult. Together, we will work to find ways for you to cope with these changes so that you feel more confident and better prepared for what comes next in life.

Loss can feel like a deep pit of sadness and heartbreak. It can be a result of many situations, such as death, divorce, relocation, trauma, and deteriorating health.  You may experience grief as waves of intense sadness, anger, guilt, and loneliness.  It can be difficult to ride these waves alone, especially when they come on suddenly.  Processing your grief in therapy can be healing and help you learn to cope with these feelings as they come.

Shame – a feeling of being unworthy, bad, or wrong – can stem from a number of childhood or adult experiences, and is one of the most difficult feelings to carry with us.  In some kinds of treatment, feelings of shame that underlie depression, anxiety, and issues in relationships aren’t addressed, which results in symptoms not being resolved. Together, we will safely explore these feelings of shame for the purpose of creating new self-narratives and engaging in experiences that foster a sense of goodness and worth.

MY APPROACH

Therapy can provide you a safe space to explore an unresolved past, challenge unhealthy patterns, and provide you the tools you need to feel more in control of the life you want to live.

I believe that we all experience life through very different lenses, and there is not a “one size fits all” method when it comes to therapy. Each client brings a unique perspective, so I approach treatment with empathy, acceptance, and appreciation of each client’s story.  While tailoring treatment to fit individual client needs, I utilize an integrated approach of evidence- based therapeutic techniques. My goal is to help you identify underlying issues that make you feel stuck and to guide you to make the change you’d like to see.