Sometimes we need an objective, third-party perspective separate from our friends, family, and our own minds to safely explore who we are and what we want out of life. I provide a comfortable space to explore the uncomfortable questions you may be pondering about yourself, your past, present, and your future. Together, we will develop a treatment plan with specific goals, and I will introduce hands-on tools and exercises to help you get where you want to go.
I enjoy working with young adult women and men, ages 18-mid-forties going through quarter-life, mid-life, post-relationship or career transitions. Together, we will explore existential issues of how to bring meaning and purpose into your life and what is getting in the way of making it happen. We will look at behavioral and thought patterns that interfere with enjoying life or feeling satisfied. Also, we will identify barriers in your relationships that keep you stuck in the same patterns of feeling disconnected and exhausted. If you are grieving the loss of a relationship and are having difficulty moving forward, I can help with that too!
Most people have experienced some sort of trauma in their lives, such as child abuse (verbal, emotional, psychological, sexual, physical, or spiritual), neglect, assault, military combat, abusive relationships, car accidents, divorce, death of a loved one, etc. Any of these events may create a trauma response that could develop into post-traumatic stress disorder, or continue to affect you in more subtle ways in your daily life. I work with adults and teens to clear the trauma out of your nervous system, so you will experience freedom from the heaviness and anxiety you are tired of carrying with you.
I also love working with adolescent girls and all the unique issues in their lives. I can generally relate well to teenage girls because it doesn’t feel like all that long ago that I was dealing with boys, gossip, mean girls, fitting in, school stress, anxiety, perfectionism, and figuring out who I wanted to be in the world. Empowering girls to develop assertiveness skills, self-acceptance, self-compassion, and identity-building is my true passion. Can you imagine how different your life might have felt if you had someone to talk to that wasn’t your parent or teacher, that gave you their undivided attention with non-judgment and compassion, and whose goal was to help you navigate all the moods and challenges that adolescence presents? What a gift that would be for your daughter! I bring parents/caregivers into the process as much as possible to facilitate healthy communication within the family and to help all of you adjust to the major changes that come with the transition from child to teenager.
In addition to working with teens individually, I offer a group specifically for young teens in Middle School because they learn so much from hearing others share their triumphs and struggles and know they are not alone in their own experience.