Are there areas of your life where you feel you are not being your best self? Do you want to learn how to cope with life’s stressors? Work through relationship issues? Is there a loss you are having difficulty dealing with? Are you feeling stuck?
Do any of these resonate with you?
- I feel unhappy or dissatisfied with life
- I feel overwhelmed by life’s stresses and demands
- I struggle with depression, anxiety or panic attacks
- I struggle to form and/or maintain healthy relationships
- I am dealing with loss and/or grief
- I have low self-esteem or low self-confidence
- I have little or no direction for my future
If these sound all too familiar, counseling can help.
Anxiety and Stress
Anxiety is the most common issue clients seek treatment for. Everyone experiences anxiety and stress to some degree but too much can affect your health, relationships, and quality of life.
Do you relate to any of these?
- I worry a lot, especially to things others consider insignificant
- I have difficulty sleeping most nights
- My mind is often racing
- I often feel anxious and unable to relax
- I often experience physical symptoms of anxiety: muscle tension, chest pains, nausea, dizziness, or stomach pains
Research shows that therapy is the most effective treatment for anxiety. Talk therapy, unlike medications, treats more than just the symptoms of the problem. Therapy can help you uncover the underlying causes of your worries and fears. Therapy will help you identify and deal with factors that increase your anxiety and stress. learn how to relax. Through mindfulness and other skills I will show you, you can learn how to relax, learn to live in the present moment, begin to look at life in new ways and develop better coping and problem-solving skills.
Depression and Life Transitions
Life is hard and most people are even harder on themselves. The negative self talk in your head, the Should’s, are likely making even the small hurdles in your life feel insurmountable.
Most of us have felt sad or down at some point in our lives. How do you know when you are just feeling sad or are clinically depressed? Your sad feelings might have been there for years or have appeared when circumstances have changed in your life. There are circumstances in our lives that are normally seen as events to be celebrated and feel happy about. But can also feel overwhelming or even scary. Getting in to college and knowing you are moving far from home in a few short months, getting a promotion or new job, getting married or having a new baby.
Sometimes the sad feelings have lasted weeks, months or longer and are there even when life is going well. The result of these feelings can be a lack of motivation, a loss of interest in things one normally enjoyed or social isolation.
Do you relate to any of these?
- I feel sad and/or cry most of the day/week
- I don’t have much joy in my life
- I don’t enjoy activities I once enjoyed
- I feel irritable or even angry for most of the day/week
- My negative mood has caused my relationships to suffer
If you answered yes to one or more of these then you may be depressed. In therapy, I will help you understand the core issue causing the changes in your emotions. Together we will develop specific goals and treatment plan based on your individual circumstances.
Whether you struggle with depression, feeling sad, or adjusting to a new situation, therapy can help you develop skills to improve your mood and quality of life so you can find greater joy and hope.
Creating and maintaining relationships can be challenging. It requires honest communication, vulnerability, and trust.
Do you have difficulty forming healthy relationships?
- I have frequent arguments with people I am close to
- I have trouble making and/or keeping friends
- I find it hard to communicate my needs to others
- I have trouble asserting myself
- I find it difficult to trust others
Whether it be a spouse, family member, friend, co-worker or boss, people often need help navigating the relationships in their life.
We will work together to clarify and understand what is not working for you in that relationship and determine your specific relationship goals. Often it’s helping people to learn to be more assertive, set clear boundaries, manage conflict, or understanding your needs and wants in the relationship. Your unique situation will provide the information needed to determine the specific goals and treatment plan that we will work on together in therapy.