With You Each Step of the Way
A chronic illness can be a debilitating and isolating experience. It's not as simple as a medical diagnosis - it's also managing the day to day struggle to feel like yourself. My goal is to empower you to take control of your wellbeing, using evidence-based practices and motivational techniques that work for your unique needs. It can be hard to go to therapy when you're feeling sick, tired, or depressed—and I'm here to find ways to help you get there.
How Therapy Can Support You
When you feel depressed and unmotivated, it can feel like the world is closing in on you. You may feel like you're drowning in your own thoughts, and it's hard to see a way out.
In these moments, therapy can be a lifeline. It's a place where you get to talk about how you're feeling, and how you want to feel. It's a place where you can learn new strategies for coping with stressors—strategies that can help you stay calm and centered even when things are hard.
When we're not in touch with our feelings and emotions, it's hard to make the decisions we want, we lose sight of what matters most to us, and we can end up feeling like life isn't worth the challenge. Therapy helps you learn how to process your emotions with curiosity so you can be more effective at handling life's ups and downs. You'll also learn how to manage any stressors so they don't overwhelm you. Therapy isn't scary, despite what some people may say. In fact, it can be a great way to learn more about yourself and make changes in your life that will benefit you in the long run.
Therapy works because it's a safe space we create together.
It's a place where you can be honest about yourself and your feelings, without worrying about judgement or being judged. It's a place where you can learn about yourself and how your past has shaped your life.
You might be afraid of going to therapy at first because you don't know what to expect, or because talking about things that are hard for you makes you uncomfortable—but those are both normal reactions! The most important thing is to trust the process, and give yourself time to get comfortable with it before expecting results.
Quality Care You Can Count On
When it comes to choosing a therapist, it's important to find someone who understands your nervous system. Chronic illness requires different coping strategies, so it's important to connect with a therapist who you can trust to work with your unique mind and body.
I'm a therapist who can weather the hard stuff. It's not about fixing you—it's about helping you find your own internal resources so that when things happen, you can handle them with confidence.
Maybe your nervous system is so overwhelmed by anxiety that talking about anything else makes you feel more anxious. Maybe there are parts of yourself that don't want to be healed because they've been trained to think they deserve pain. Maybe our culture has taught us all kinds of ways to think about ourselves and others that are really just toxic lies—and sometimes we need someone else who understands how these systems work so they can help us sort through it all with compassion and empathy (and maybe even some humor).
I'll listen to you, but I will also teach you how to listen to yourself. Together we'll work through whatever is holding you back from making the changes you want in your life.