Tempe • Mesa • Gilbert • Chandler • Queen Creek • East Valley

Individual Therapy

1513791887There’s so much more. You KNOW it.

It’s maddening.

Isolated and alone, you interact with people daily – but there’s no genuine connection. Strangely, it’s gone.

All you want – more than anything else in the world – is to connect… to FEEL again.

But it’s frightening. Paralyzed by anxiety, you can see everyone – but you can’t GET to them.

You let out a silent scream, but no one seems to hear you or answer the call.

You probably want what we all do…

Deep down, we all want a good, meaningful, worthwhile life.

We want to feel connected, calm, and satisfied.

We want to enjoy a sense of belonging… of being known.

We want peace, joy, contentment, and positive well-being.

We want our relationships to work.

We want to be seen and heard.

It seems so simple, so why does it feel so complicated?

Will being “normal” make you feel alive again?

Maybe… but if you’re like most people, you don’t even know what “normal” is anymore.

For many, pain, disappointment, and numbness are normal.

Feeling lonely, hopeless, and discouraged is normal.

Life is complicated (as we’ve all heard!). And the day-to-day complexities of the modern world don’t make it any easier. Our world becomes a big juggling act, which can be distressing, overwhelming… exhausting.

Then, something disrupts our rhythm: a relationship challenge, the loss of a loved one, career pressures, or even reflection on our past. Sometimes, the easiest thing to do is just “soldier through” and push aside our feelings. It’s a survival tactic, but those feelings are still there!

You start thinking and acting in reactionary, explosive, and destructive ways.

1817195408When it’s too much to handle on your own…

Therapy is the place to go. It may seem counterintuitive to delve into these uncomfortable feelings, but it’s how we’ll clarify what you need and empower you to meet it.

Here’s how therapy can help…

Relationship challenges…

All relationships require work, some more than others. When things get difficult, it can be due to a misalignment between two people for various reasons. Therapy can help you pinpoint solutions to the challenges you’re facing.

We’ll tackle your relationship problems with open and honest dialogue about where you are and want to be. Helping you discover and develop deeper communication that gets to the heart of your emotions, needs, and desires.

Grief and loss…

You’ll have friends and family trying to point out the silver lining to the current clouds in your life. While they mean well, this can often leave you feeling even more alone and not understood, seen, or known.

There is no set line of recovery regarding grief and loss. We can walk with you every step of the way and provide insights and tools to help you navigate this time while gaining a perspective that will ultimately set you free.

Low self-esteem or self-worth…

Life may have sent you a message over and over that leaves you questioning or believing your value is less than it actually is in this world. The day-to-day struggle to overcome this can be unmanageable at times.

A skilled therapist can help you discover the parts of you that shine and bring value to those around you. We’ll help you fall in love with yourself and teach you respect for the parts that may seem troublesome but are actually a path toward your greatest strengths.

Anxiety and depression…

The future or past may keep you from the fullest life you know you could live. Apathy and anxiety are now regular parts of your existence. You’ve tried medication but don’t like the side effects, and in all honesty, you know life shouldn’t be this difficult.

We have many approaches to handling these situations. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) and IFS (Internal Family Systems) are a few tools we will implement to help you wrap your arms around these issues that plague you and reduce their moment-by-moment impact on life. Simple conversations that bring light to the dark places will also bring healing… and fast.

558315553Diminished coping skills…

Your patience is gone. While you used to be able to absorb the ups and downs of interactions with others, and life in general, you now find yourself getting “triggered” and emotional very easily. Perhaps the last outburst that caused you isolation made you aware that something needs to change.

We’ll work on a process that builds your self-awareness and allows you to expand your ability to name what you are feeling and express it in ways that lead to connection rather than disconnection. If you can name it, you can tame it. Yet so many can barely list more than a handful of emotions before walking in the door to our offices.

Healthy boundaries…

You’re always there for everyone else. While you enjoy being a dependable friend and family member, you are beginning to sense a part of you that doesn’t like it. You feel taken advantage of sometimes and at others like you are being mistreated. You also have a voice, wants, needs, and desires. But is anyone listening? Who will take care of you?

Our time together will help you begin to prioritize yourself. We all have many responsibilities. To take care of them, we must first take care of ourselves. This requires developing healthy boundaries. We will examine what these look like and how to implement them in ways so you can firmly stand behind your decisions and create healthy environments for yourself and others.

Meaning and purpose…

Everyone has a purpose and a reason for existing, yet you feel like you are lost in a sea of possibilities with no wind catching your sails to take you anywhere.

We take a curious approach in all our sessions and help our clients examine their lives and passions. Through assessment and evaluation, we can discover the possibilities for your life and what is needed to take the path ahead.

If deeper work is needed and we can facilitate the experience, we will continue to work with you on your journey toward a life worth living. Life doesn’t have to feel empty; it can be full of excitement and possibility.

1123160147Ready to feel ALIVE again?

Maybe you’ve tried therapy, but it didn’t work. If so, you’re understandably frustrated. Therapy should give you results, and you shouldn’t take years to bring about change.

Our sessions will help you process where you are, where you’ve come from, and how to manage your path forward.

Make this investment in yourself and return to YOUR “normal” again!

Let me be your ally. Call today for your free consultation: (480) 908-7898.