If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading ~ Lao Tzu

What specifically will I get from therapy?

Benefits of therapy are numerous, and outcomes depend on your individual goals. Yet like most things in life, what you get from therapy will largely depend on what you put into it. When you come with willingness, commitment, and curiosity about yourself, your self-awareness increases; you strengthen your sense of self and increase your capacity to engage your personal power and control yourself and your own life. You come away with enhanced knowledge and skills to support you in whatever you may encounter in your life.

Though there are many reasons to seek therapy, the overarching benefit is the same: internal balance and equilibrium that allows you to engage effectively with the outside world, regardless of any stressors that may arise. Specifically, therapy is an effective way to target, among other things, stressors and issues such as:

  • Anxiety: Though everyone experiences anxiety from time to time, anxiety can be intense and overwhelming for some people, at times resulting in debilitating anxiety and panic attacks. Through therapy, people learn tools to deal with their anxiety.  Somatic therapy in particular directly impacts the central nervous system to calm the system and target the original triggers of anxiety; when anxiety does arise again, it is tolerable and manageable using the skills and tools developed through therapy.
  • Depression: Depression can involve feelings of sadness, helplessness, hopelessness, or defeat at some level. Like anxiety, occasional feelings of depression are normal, but for those who experience severe depression or ongoing depressive periods normal daily life can be difficult. Even daily tasks like eating, sleeping, working or socializing can feel unbearable, if not impossible. Similar to treating anxiety, therapy can give relief from depression and provide long-term benefits, even without medication.
  • Low self-esteem and confidence: A person’s self-esteem is defined by the degree to which they feel confident, capable, valuable, and worthy of respect. Though self-esteem begins in childhood, major life events such as job loss or change in relationship status can challenge a person’s confidence level at any age.  Regardless of the reason for low self-esteem, therapy helps people to deepen their positive connection with self, develop authentic self-compassion, and operate in life with strength, joy, and ease.
  • Trauma and childhood wounding: Unresolved trauma is one of the most common reasons people seek therapy. And whether the trauma is recent or occurred long ago, effects such as fear, mood disorders, hypervigilance, addictions, self-harm, suicidal thoughts and other distressing issues can be pervasive in one’s life. As a therapist specializing in trauma treatment I help patients to metabolize the trauma so that it can move out of the body system. They develop a sense of safety, learn to set appropriate boundaries, and become desensitized to previously uncomfortable emotional stimuli.
  • Grief, loss, and life transitions: Life is a constant challenge, but some life transitions are more challenging than others. Major life events like loss, career change, or change of relationship or family status can cause excessive feelings of stress and anxiety. And while grief is a normal and necessary process for dealing with loss and transition, it typically encompasses the whole spectrum of human emotions – from denial to anger to sadness.  The feelings can be intense, confusing, and at times feel unbearable, and one might not even recognize them as stemming from grief. Therapy helps people suffering with grief, loss, and transitions by facilitating their moving through their own natural process, with guidance and support along the way.
  • Body image, eating disorders, addiction and substance abuse: These issues are all a form of adaption and control when one feels out of control in other ways. They develop as a result of any number of factors including relationship issues, physical and emotional struggles and concerns, and social dynamics. Whatever the reason for the disorder, therapy may not only be beneficial but life-saving as well.
  • Anger management: Anger too is a normal and necessary human emotion; everyone gets angry from time to time. But for some people, it may feel as if their anger drives them. They may not be able to get through their anger or might find that when it shows up, they become explosive or aggressive with little ability to control themselves. This inability to appropriately express or manage anger can cause strain on relationships or the inability to effectively function in life. Therapy targeting anger management helps people get to the root of underlying anger, and equips one with techniques and tools for relaxation and healthy ways of dealing with anger and conflict.
  • Relationship challenges: Interpersonal relationships are a vital part of life. For those who seek to improve their interpersonal relationships, individual, marriage counseling and family therapy can help partners learn communication techniques, conflict resolution strategies, compassion, assertiveness and other of relationship skills.

My goal is to create a safe, supportive, compassionate space in which to work collaboratively with you at your own, individual pace. Regardless of the struggles you face, I bring curiosity and interest to each session; together we go deep to explore and clarify issues, and develop the self-awareness necessary to move towards liberation and a sense of peace.

Contact me today to learn more about what therapy can do for you.