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YOU CAN’T STOP THE WAVE, BUT YOU CAN LEARN TO SURF.
— JON KABAT-ZINN

 anxiety

 

When you feel like your brain is your worst enemy

 

Do you feel like your brain is always going? Maybe all the thoughts keep you up at night? Perhaps you are trying to meet new people and you find yourself freezing up when someone introduces themself?

Anxiety is like a warning alarm in your brain that you cannot turn off. You find it getting in the way of simple and complex tasks, just wishing you could just get a break from all the thoughts running in your head.

 

relief is possible. Understanding how the brain’s alarm system works takes the fear of the unknown out of the equation. Learning strategies to turn down and disarm the uncomfortable physical and emotional feelings helps you have better focus and more peaceful sleep.

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 Chronic dieting/emotional eating

When you dread going out to eat with friends

 

Tired of feeling bad about eating? Does the thought of eating make you feel anxious, frustrated, or down? Maybe you feel guilty for eating when you eat something that is "unhealthy" or "bad". Or perhaps you feel the need to punish yourself for "unhealthy eating" and feel disgusted with yourself until you can do so.

Chronic dieting/emotional eating is when food controls you. You try to feel better either by restricting what you eat or by eating more than you intended to. There are so many messages about food and and what it means to be healthy. In all the confusion, figuring out the most helpful messages for you on your own is nearly impossible.

Therapy gives you a place to sort through the messages and choose messages that bring you peace and freedom in your relationship with food.

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depression

When the weight of the world is stuck on your shoulders.

 

Does daily life feel harder than it should be? Do you find yourself feeling empty, sad, unmotivated? Perhaps you feel exhausted and the day has not even started yet?

Depression is like a weight that you cannot take off. The feelings of sadness, emptiness, fatigue weigh you down and can often cause sleepless nights, mess with your appetite or disrupt your focus. These feelings start to feel like a big part of who you are and can cause you to believe that it will be like this forever and that you cannot change it. And even if you wanted to change it, you are just too tired to try.

You do not have to carry the weight alone. Therapy provides a place where a trained professional can come along beside you and help you lift that weight. By teaching skills that manage the weight and guiding you to rediscover who you are outside of the depression, therapy can help take that weight away. 

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Life Transitions

When change upsets your life balance

 

Has there been a recent change in your life leaving you feeling unsettled and uncomfortable?

Life transitions can take many forms including, but not limited to a job change, a moving or a school change. It can look like a relationship change; for example, a new relationship, marriage, a break up, or divorce. It can also include moving into a new stage of life like teenage years, adulthood, middle adulthood, or later adulthood. Life is full of change, and even if it is positive change it can cause you to second guess yourself and your decisions.

By helping you learn new skills to manage the discomfort life change brings and empowering you to create your new normal, therapy can make it possible to restore life balance and feel grounded again in this new season.

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Postpartum depression

WHEN new parenthood is not what you expected it to be

 

What if pregnancy, childbirth, and new parenthood, which should be an exciting time, came with unmet expectations? Maybe you are feeling anxious, or frustrated, discouraged or defeated? Maybe you are feeling like things aren't getting better and you don't know how to change that?

Postpartum depression is a depressive episode that occurs in the year following a new baby. It can cause you to feel down, hopeless and empty. It can leave you feeling no pleasure in things that used to bring you pleasure. You can have trouble sleeping on top of the fact that you’re not sleeping because of the baby. It can cause you to not feel bonded with your baby.

you can feel better and feel like yourself again With the right treatment.

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Relationship Conflict

When you feel like you are working against each other more than working with each other

 

Do you find that the arguments are piling up? Do you find that the silence is too much to bear? Are you second guessing why you got into this relationship in the first place?

Put two different people with their own experiences, personalities, and family cultures together and there is bound to be conflict. This conflict itself is not bad, and to an extent is normal. However, relationship conflict can begin to wear on your quality of life, impacting your focus or sleep or general sense of well-being.

It is possible to work together instead of against each other. Therapy provides a place for you to discover these unhelpful patterns and replace these patterns with new ones that will cause you to turn toward each other instead of away from each other, as well as teaching you skills to have productive conversations rather than unproductive one.

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