I help women cultivate self-compassion, courage, and healthy connection with themselves and others.
If you’re considering counseling, you may be at a low point, feeling pain or distress. You may feel sad, tired, unmotivated, or withdrawn; or you may feel agitated, restless, or worried. You may feel numb--like you’ve lost a sense of connection to yourself, to others, and/or to purpose in life. You may be engaging in negative, limiting self-talk, and hold beliefs about yourself that are hurtful and ultimately unhelpful. You may be thinking: “I’m not doing well,” or, “There’s something wrong with me,” or, “I’m just not where (or who) I thought I would be,” or “I’ve lost myself, or my voice, somehow.” Let me assure you--change is possible.
In counseling, I help you work on the parts of life that are painful or feel intolerable. I listen for challenges and struggles and help you to better manage. I help you to discover how your unique history may be influencing your life in the present. I pay close attention to your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, both as you describe them and as they arise in the moment with me. I work to help you gain insight and understanding, explore your emotional experience, understand and reduce behaviors that are hurtful to you, and strengthen your sense of self.
Some of my overarching goals in my work are to help you to:
Increase self-compassion, self-awareness, and insight
Increase your ability to support yourself and to seek support from others
Manage troubles, including sadness, worry, numbness, disconnectedness, etc.
Identify limiting and unhelpful self-talk, and core beliefs that keep this in place
Attend to body process and breathing (an important regulator of energy and emotions)
Live in the present moment, in the here-and-now (rather than in the future or the past)
Tend to unfinished business that may be keeping you stuck
Make meaning out of what happens (and what has happened) in your life
Develop additional strategies for engaging in life
In my practice I welcome and affirm people of all faith perspectives as well as the diversity of gender and sexual identities. I am particularly drawn to moms who take care of everyone but themselves, women in recovery from toxic relationships, and college students working through transitions. Please don't hesitate to contact me to get started or to continue on your journey.