Most of us have or will experience some level of depression at some point in our lives. Even though it is common to hear someone say, “I’m so depressed,” this is not to be taken lightly. Depression can be unbearable and sometimes chronic. It may seem that there is no way to get relief. In my practice, I have worked with many clients who deal with depression or feelings of hopelessness. I work with each to see what is causing the depression. Then, we work together to determine ways to move forward and feel better.
Anxiety, worry, tension, and stress can take its toll on us. I have experienced these feelings myself on many occasions and understand how difficult it can be to manage them. In my practice, I first explore what is causing problems, and then discern ways to manage and relieve symptoms. By exploring our thoughts, we can sometimes release or reduce these feelings. In addition to exploring this in session, I relay techniques and ways to reduce anxiety as it happens.
Anger can be a difficult feeling and many of us believe that anger is negative –an emotion to shelve or bury. But we all feel anger at some point in our lives. I believe it is how one uses anger that can be a challenge. Violence, rage, and verbal abuse are not the same things as anger. Such behavior is negative and often amplifies anger more. In my practice, I often work with couples and individuals that have anger. I notice on occasion how difficult it is for a client to express the emotion and then release it. I will work with you to explore what is triggering your anger, ways to constructively express it - and then let it go.
Grief and loss can be a confusing and sometimes overwhelming experience. Most of us process grief in different ways. We can feel sad, angry, guilty and even deny the emotion. Often, grief is linked with events other than losing a loved one. There is not one single way to get through this. Therefore, I work with clients to know and name their feelings, and support them though their sorrow with compassion and validation. I have experienced deeper grief several times in my life and understand how challenging and painful it can be.
Often, when we are older, or in a new stage in life, we realize that our career path is no longer serving us. At times, we have no choice but to change careers because of company struggles and difficult economic times. As a result, we can spiral into feelings of worry, unhappiness, being stuck, and not knowing what to do to effect change. Sometimes we need help sorting through our thoughts and ideas to gain insight and perspective into what truly makes us happy. To make this transition, I help clients work through these feelings, and determine what steps they can take to make changes toward greater success. In addition, I can explore what limits you, or blocks you from pursuing your dream.
Food is what keeps us alive and sustains our ability to thrive. However, it can also cause distress for many people that struggle with over eating, compulsive eating, binging, dieting, and purging. The constant struggle to maintain a healthy relationship with food can be difficult for some. Simply thinking about food can be a secret obsession for others. When I work with individuals who face this issue, I first want to know more about their relationship with food. Usually, there are underlying issues that have nothing to do with food, such as depression, anxiety, and low self esteem. Therefore, eating to soothe and mask these feelings can perpetuate the presenting problem. In addition to exploring the underlying issues, together we establish goals that will help maintain a healthier and enduring connection with food that lasts a lifetime.
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