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When emotions 

Take over

It's never too late for positive change
 

If you are feeling tired of experiencing life in a way that doesn’t make you truly happy and you want to feel differently, now is the time. My mission is to help you have more love, more joy and more peace in your relationships and in your life.  As you heal and work towards fully loving yourself, I will support and hold hope for you until you can hold it for yourself.  

We all have stuff. Both internal feelings and external experiences that leave us sad, lonely, depressed, angry, discouraged, you name it. As you sort through your thoughts and feelings – you will find the gift of discovering a truly exceptional You. This is the goal of therapy: to help you discover how capable and enough you really are and assist you in accomplishing any goal that matters to you.

Our brains are wired for connection with other people.  We have neurons in the brain that respond to another person's experience that are called mirror neurons.  Think about times you've seen someone yawn and you feel compelled to yawn too; or, when you hear a sad story, you feel sad as well.   When you experience strong feelings such as shame or guilt, your ability to be empathetic towards yourself and others is challenged.  These strong feelings are healed when we feel empathy is possible in the context of a relationship that provides an ability to see ourselves in a way we can't when we experience emotional pain. 

 

Your therapist creates that environment for you when they provide empathy, non-judgement, and attuned understanding of your experiences: this is the missing link in the effort to process thoughts and emotions that "take over" to the point they interfere with how you see yourself and how you interact with others and your world.  Finding the courage to be vulnerable, talking about uncomfortable things, regulating your inner emotions, and learning how to expand your story to include a bigger picture of yourself and your life can be truly transformative and healing, especially when you feel emotionally safe in a therapeutic setting.

Why Therapy Works 
 

Therapy approaches I use

SOLUTION-FOCUSED

COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL

NARRATIVE

Solution-Focused Therapy is founded on the perspective that there are exceptions to every problem and when we examine these exceptions paired with a clear vision of your preferred future, we can generate together ideas for solutions and future outcomes. We will highlight and utilize your strengths to enable a more effective future that leaves you feeling confident and positive about yourself and your life.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) focuses on changing  automatic negative thought patterns that can contribute to and worsen emotional difficulties, depression, and anxiety. Spontaneous negative thoughts have a detrimental influence on mood and can contribute to negative self-talk and beliefs about yourself.

Through CBT, negative thoughts are identified, challenged, and replaced with more objective, realistic thoughts to establish coping skills, setting goals, and anticipating triggers.

Narrative Therapy is a respectful, non-blaming approach that centers on you as the expert in your own life. It views your problems as separate from you and assumes you have many skills, strengths, competencies, beliefs, values, commitments and abilities that will assist you to change the relationship with your problems and reduce their influence and impact on how you see yourself.

GOALS & OUTCOMES

healing and upgrading your relationships | feeling more emotional freedom | living your best life with self-love | trusting yourself more deeply

setting healthy boundaries | being fully self-expressed | experiencing more fun, pleasure, and joy | having better experiences

speaking up | feeling heard | sharing your truth | mindful thinking and communicating

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