Welcome. If you're reading this, there's probably something in your life that's not working the way you want it to. And you're definitely not alone; life comes with very real challenges. Some of them stretch us further than we thought we could stretch. So - how can things get better when ongoing worry, anxiety, sadness, or a sense of not being "good enough" seem to take the art out of living, and make it feel more like a chore? The good news isthis: Things definitely can get better. Our minds and hearts can learn new ways forward. Growth and change are happening all the time in our lives, anyway; we just need to learn ways to choose the the direction we want that growth and change to go.
Therapy can help:
Live with greater ease in your own skin. Your life is here to be appreciated, even with all its bumps and turns. If you've faced loss, trauma, or the overwhelm that comes with daily stress or a sudden life transition, you may doubt that life can feel good again, or that you're capable of having the life you want. You are, and you deserve to. Therapy can help make that happen.
Therapy can provide extra, needed support, when anxiety, trauma or loss make it hard to sort out what's "wrong," or when solutions feel out of reach. A non-judgmental ally can make all the difference in making problems manageable by offering perspective, gentle guidance, and compassionate support.
Improve relationships: Knowing yourself a little better -- including what's working, what's not, and what to try in order to improve things -- can change your relationships with friends and colleagues. As you learn to spot - and then grow out of - old patterns, relationships naturally grow and change too.
Lower the volume onanxiety, depression, stress, self-doubt -- and feeling "stuck." We can't get rid of all life's curveballs, some of which are painful, alienating, and may even feel debilitating. But there definitely are ways to make these challenges manageable. You deserve an opportunity to do that, and to make meaningful choices about the way you want to live the rest of your life.
I work from a place of respect, non-judgment, gentle curiosity, and acceptance. I'm especially interested in your view of the world you live in, including cultural (ethno-, socio-economic, racial, and gender) factors that have played a role in your life. Therapy can help you get clearer about the life you have, and the life you want to have. Your hopes, dreams, and values are as important to me as the problems that you're dealing with. Your problems aren't you. You deserve to be seen and heard through the eyes and heart of compassion.
* Mindfulness Free Introduction to Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: Saturday, September 14, 1-2:30pm. Contact Rochelle here for info!
Mindfulness meditation* is about living with intentional awareness and compassion, moment to moment, non-judgmentally. I began practicing mindfulness meditation while training to be a therapist, and while going through a particularly challenging time in my own life. This practice continually widens my perspective on the challenges I face, helps keep me grounded in the reality of what presents itself day to day, and deepens my appreciation of my opportunity to help others through my work.
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* Mindfulness meditation has been around for thousands of years -- and now science is "catching up" with an understanding of the potential benefits these practices offer physically, mentally, and emotionally. Neuroscientists are studying changes in the parts of meditators' brains connected with focus, emotion, resilience, and empathy, after relatively short periods of daily practice. In my role as a certified MBSR teacher, I've heard so many people describe feeling better, more focused, and better able to experience moments of joy in their lives, after taking this course. If mindfulness practices are something you'd like to explore, I am happy to introduce you to this form of 'conscious living.'
Expressive Arts I have been trained in expressive arts therapy, which is especially helpful to children who often find it hard to put feelings and thoughts into words -- OR, for adults eager to work creatively, OR move through creative blocks, OR who are curious about exploring change and meaning through creative expression.
What is "Narrative Therapy?"
As a narrative therapist, I'm trained to help you work with problems like anxiety, social isolation, or tough life transitions from a compassionate, non-judgmental perspective. Therapy can empower you to notice and let go of old stories and choices that no longer serve you, freeing you to move forward in preferred and meaningful directions. We'll map out manageable steps forward, including identifying the support and resources that make positive change sustainable. I deeply value the opportunities I've had to walk with people through tough times into places of hope, self-acceptance and well-being.