Good therapy increases self-awareness and allows you to develop an emotional toolkit for managing life’s challenges. I typically draw from a number of therapeutic approaches to help you learn to manage difficult emotions, calm and ground yourself, and make more satisfying life choices.
Be prepared that I will want you to consider initiating mindfulness practices (especially meditation) as a means of learning to surf the waves of powerful emotional states with more ease and detachment. We will also look at your lifestyle and see how prioritizing your overall health and maximizing self-care can make things better.
I often utilize a therapeutic approach called cognitive behavioral therapy that is designed to help client’s learn to understand the relationship between their thoughts and feelings. By learning to “re-think” and perceive situations differently, people can also change how they feel. CBT has been clinically proven to help many clients in a relatively short amount of time with a wide range of concerns including anxiety and depression. Because real life happens outside my office, I encourage clients to pursue home-learning tasks and experiment with new behaviors between sessions. You can find more information on CBT on the NAMI website. link
Engaging in psychotherapy is a wonderful way to uncover more fundamental core issues to explore. As we talk things through and you build new skills, we lay the groundwork to resource you for deeper inner work. This may mean releasing limiting beliefs and rewriting your “story” about who you are or how the world works. It may also involve clarifying your personal values so that how you live more fully reflects who you want to be.