We all experience moments of anxiety, sadness, loss and fear. These are often common reactions to significant life events and transitional periods in our lives. However, sometimes these feelings persist. They seem to follow us despite us having navigated the stressful situation, or are so intense in nature that they interfere with our ability to function in our personal, professional, and family lives.
Counseling allows for a more detailed exploration of the past and its relation to present circumstances. Its focus tends to be on personal strengthening, transcending obstacles to emotional well-being, and resolution of presenting issues or concerns. Counseling encourages self-exploration, overcoming past incidents that may still plague us, and can be useful in challenging old patterns of thinking, behaving, and relating that no longer work. The therapeutic relationship tends to be more traditional in nature, and sessions may include individuals, couples, and/or entire families.
As a Marriage and Family Therapist, I am open to working with you and/or persons you deem critical to your healing process.
My areas of interest include:
- Adult children of alcoholic/chemically dependent families
- Couples counseling
- Multicultural families/relationships
- Perinatal support and postpartum recovery
- Divorce/relationship dissolution
- Blended families and related adjustment difficulties
- Low self esteem
- Concerns related to identity and/or sexual orientation
- Anger and mood management struggles
- Co-dependency issues and boundary creation
- Families with members diagnosed with disabilities or mental illness
Change can be a slow and difficult process. It can be frightening to open yourself up to the hurt, disappointment, and angst carried inside for years. Counseling creates a safe holding environment that allows you to expose past wounds, explore your inner most thoughts and feelings, and to do so in an atmosphere free of criticism or judgment. Counseling is also an educative process: It can help to foster self-awareness, insight, resource development, and aid your overall healing process. It plays an integral role in the journey of self-discovery and empowerment.
“Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole person.”
― Maya Angelou