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Feeling adrift? Like you don’t know which direction to head in?
Or maybe you know where you want to go, but you’re just not sure how to get there.
Sometimes that journey can just seem too daunting or exhausting to get to alone. If you are struggling with your emotional or physical well-being, or feeling directionless in your relationships or career path, then counseling may be your next step.
If that “stuckness” has created a paralysis that has left you feeling kind of lost at sea,
then maybe it’s time to talk…
Cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem
Because every individual is entirely unique, different approaches work better than others for each client. For this reason, I am somewhat eclectic in my approach to therapy. I borrow from different perspectives as seems fitting. Having said that, I am primarily Cognitive Behavioral in my orientation.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, is a popular type of talk therapy that often works as well or even better than medication to treat depression and anxiety. It is equally as effective at addressing the low self-esteem that often accompanies these conditions. CBT is based on the concept that your thoughts, feelings, physical sensations, and actions are interconnected, and that these negative thoughts and feelings can trap you in a vicious cycle.
CBT aims to help you deal with overwhelming problems in a more positive way by breaking them down into smaller parts. It focuses on current problems, and with a positive orientation, it looks for practical ways to improve your state of mind on a daily basis. In other words, it focuses on your strengths as apposed to your weakness as a launching pad to steer you toward a more successful future.
BRAIN-BASED STRATEGIES FOR
I have a particular passion for helping others with chronic illness. The physical and emotional challenges involved in navigating these waters can be daunting, and despite the particular ailment or disorder, chronic illnesses can often present a series of obstacles that are common to all.
I have dedicated a large portion of my continuing education to better understanding invisible illnesses like Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, and other autoimmune disorders. I use evidence-based techniques such as mindfulness, meditation, CBT, goal-setting, and neuropsychology to move people from despair to hope.
NEVER GIVE UP.
I believe in the power of the therapeutic alliance!
Many studies indicate that the therapeutic alliance is the best predictor of treatment outcome. That means that regardless of the clinician’s therapeutic bent, what is most vital to the process is that each client feel unconditionally accepted, supported, and understood by their therapist. Although the building of this relationship of course takes time, you really should know within the first or second session if you feel this connection or not. And from there, the alliance should only become stronger with time.
I often use an analogy of boating to describe what the therapeutic process might feel like. Picture two people in a canoe. One person is providing rowing power while watching for obstacles and alerting their partner of what lies ahead, while the other is navigating the course and steering in the intended direction. They are both working together to charter their trip successfully. Although always co-captains on this journey, you as the client, are always in control, deciding where you’d like to go and when you’ve reached your destination.
A private, secure, comfortable space.
I work out of my home with my office on a separate floor of my townhouse in Lisle, Il. I feel this setting offers a very private, secure, and comfortable environment. This arrangement offers flexible hours not only for daytime appointments but also for those looking for early morning or evening sessions before or after work – 6:00 am is not too early and 7:00 pm is not too late! I have two dogs that will likely greet you with a welcoming paw, but then go back to their bones and beds while we’re in our session.