Validation, Support, Insight, Guidance, and Tools
Individual counseling provides a safe environment to discuss any uncomfortable or painful issues. In this safe space is where you will receive validation, support, insight, guidance, and tools to help you live a happier, healthier, and more productive life. If you are feeling any of the following listed below, please don’t hesitate to call for help – there is a lot of strength in asking for help:
- Stuck in a cycle of being nice, followed by getting angry because your needs aren't being met, then shutting down?
- Not being able to say no and feeling drained by taking care of others?
- Worry too much about what others think or find yourself constantly comparing yourself to others?
- Problems don’t seem to change despite your efforts and help from family and friends?
- Feeling overwhelmed and/or hopeless about a situation?
- Finding it difficult to concentrate or carry out everyday activities?
- Cannot stop worrying or feeling constantly on edge?
- Drinking too much alcohol, using drugs, sex or relationships that are harming you or others?
Healing comes from one’s willingness to explore and feel the emotions that are related to both present and past circumstances. Unexamined feelings can often lead to unwanted or painful symptoms. Life is a prism- examining all sides brings awareness and freedom from limited thoughts and beliefs about yourself and/or situations. Learning how to let go of worry and giving yourself space to grieve about what should have been or should happen releases stuck emotions, which in turn create space for new, positive thoughts, emotions and behaviors. My approach includes: psychotherapy, mindfulness, CBT, Solution-focused, Body/Mind Psychotherapy approach, and iRest Yoga Nidra.
Mindfulness is a flavor of awareness that arises by deliberately paying attention to the present moment, without judgment. It is also the cultivation and practice of an intentional new, internal method of processing awareness accompanied by a detached posture toward the present moment. The ability to conduct a “body scan” and move your mindful awareness to notice tension in your body provides an opportunity to down-regulate when a conversation might be starting to go south with your partner. Great resource: Mindsight by Daniel Siegal
Body/Mind Psychotherapy is a somatic-cognitive approach to therapy that incorporates elements of physiology, psychotherapy, and mindfulness. Have you ever heard of the saying, "the issues are in the tissues?" Stress and trauma not only affect the brain, but also the nervous system, which can result in a whole range of physical symptoms - this is why it is essential to engage not only the mind, but the body to heal. Great resource: The Body Keeps Score by Van der Kolk Bessel A
iRest Yoga Nidra, also known as iRest Mindfulness Meditation, is a research-based transformative practice of deep relaxation and meditative inquiry. iRest releases negative emotions and thought patterns, calms the nervous system, and develops a deep capacity to meet any and all circumstances you may encounter in life. Yoga Nidra is often referred to as psychic sleep or deep relaxation with inner awareness. Research has shown that iRest Yoga Nidra effectively reduces PTSD, depression, anxiety, insomnia, chronic pain, and chemical dependency. Current research with the U.S. military has shown iRest Yoga Nidra to be as, or more, effective than any other intervention (including medication) for veterans returning from war zones with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). Many other research studies are underway for children, the homeless, and those with chronic fatigue, sleep disorders, anxiety, and depression. Great resource: Yoga Nidra: A Meditative Practice for Deep Relaxation and Healing by Richard Miller