It isn’t easy being happy.
Ah, life. Even when things look perfect, our minds have a funny way of reminding us of everything that is not perfect.
When we get caught up in everything going wrong, it makes sense that we fail to focus on moving toward the things we want.
We start second-guessing ourselves and think we don’t deserve a happy life, or we compare ourselves to others and believe we will never achieve anything.
Let’s discuss what’s going on and how it impacts your life.
I will help you remove any barriers to what is stopping you from living the life you want – the life you deserve. It’s time to change the dial on the radio and finally create that space in your heart and mind needed to move you forward.
My practice focuses on helping people with issues related to anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, people-pleasing, and reproductive mental health, including infertility and postpartum. My own personal challenges on the journey to parenthood, combined with my postpartum struggles, anxiety, and people-pleasing, led me to build a practice focused on these and other issues.
I serve individuals and couples (hetero or same sex) who long to fully engage in life while handling all those complex thoughts and feelings that life inevitably throws at us.
My practice focuses on helping people understand and accept their circumstances and then move forward with solutions to overcome their challenges and make changes to achieve their goals to live a life well-lived.
You’re on a journey into the unknown.
It’s natural to have fearful thoughts and feelings about what lies ahead. But those are only thoughts and feelings springing up from apprehension and the unknown. They’re not WHO you are!
I offer you a secure and welcoming environment characterized by mutual respect, unconditional understanding, and acceptance so you can feel safe disclosing your most painful thoughts.
Look at our time together as a sanctuary away from the demands of your everyday life.
I like to keep it real and honest.
We can create a formal agenda for each session or start talking and see where it takes us.
I have a direct approach, so I might gently nudge you as needed to keep moving forward. But I’ll never push you to go somewhere you are not ready to explore.
I’m here to help you overcome the sense of inadequacy, fear, or other emotions that are not serving you.
Your destination is to live a life full of joy, meaning, and love.
Personal experience taught me plenty.
I started out working in business psychology. Through a random occurrence, I entered the world of fertility. A few years later, I went through my own fertility struggles. After having my baby in my 40’s, I went into deep and agonizing postpartum anxiety.
Although everything in my world seemed to be perfect, my inner dialogue told me otherwise. Like many people, I tried everything, but I couldn’t figure it out – until I sat down and clarified what was truly important and meaningful to ME.
I then used that knowledge to guide, inspire, and motivate myself to do those things that allowed me to move toward rather than away from the life I wanted.
This experience strengthened my resolve to provide a safe space for others to process their emotions, clarify their values, and gain psychological skills that enable them to handle difficult thoughts and feelings that occur, even when life seems perfect.
Here’s some background on my educational training.
I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2000. I later earned my master’s degree in 2002, and my Ph.D. in 2007.
When I’m not working…
…you’ll find me playing dinosaurs with my toddler, listening to my husband belt out rock and roll tunes, or taking my dog out for short walks – he is very lazy.
Let’s take that leap together.
My approach to therapy is collaborative and solution-focused, using principles based on cognitive behavioral therapy and acceptance and commitment therapy. I provide a warm, judgment-free, and supportive environment, and together we will identify goals and work toward them step-by-step.
I know this journey can be scary and seem overwhelming. I know there can never be any guarantees. But I also know this – you can and will feel whole again and live the life you want.
I offer a free 15-minute consultation so you can get to know me and determine if we are a good fit. I will answer your questions and give you my opinion on what a treatment plan might look like.