When you are experiencing emotional pain, you often do not understand why.
Feeling depressed, sad, anxious, or lonely are some of the symptoms you might have. If you are in a relationship, you may be very unhappy and feel trapped and desperate to improve it but not know how. Some people feel burdened by grief, regret or guilt over the choices they have made. Others engage in self-destructive behavior and cannot stop. Either way, calling for an appointment is the first step toward feeling better.
You know that you are intelligent and successful in other areas of your life. You are responsible and you have strong convictions and values. You cannot figure out why you just cannot “get over it.” Perhaps it will not surprise you to know that many people experience the same thing. Your set of circumstances is unique to you, though; no two individuals’ circumstances are exactly alike.
Maybe someone has suggested therapy before but you have resisted seeking it. Again, that is very normal. Whether you are accustomed to success or feel as though you have failed, whether you are male or female, no matter what your age, you may have told yourself that a therapist cannot change any of your circumstances. That is true.
How I can help.
What I as a therapist can do is help you figure out how you can make changes. Even small changes can have a huge impact on your life and help you to feel better. A therapist can help you to identify what is happening in your life. Being able to put a name to behaviors and feelings of yours or others is a major step to deciding what, if anything, you want to do. If you are willing to risk sitting in the “seat of the unknown” with me for a while, then we can begin to take that journey forward into more peace, happiness, and joy. Remember, it is only by going into uncertainty that you can have any good surprises. Being certain about everything that is going to happen prevents you from having more space for growth and good things you might not be able to currently imagine to come your way. Maybe we need to “reauthor” the story you have been telling yourself about yourself thus far!
You always have a choice no matter how trapped you may feel. Even highly intelligent and creative people often think that there are only two options from which to choose. As a therapist, I can help people identify other choices, perspectives, and options.
You can feel better. There is hope!
“No man steps into the same river twice, for new waters are continually flowing in.”
– Heraclitus of Ephesus, 540-480 BC