As women, we tend to :
- Put our loved ones' needs before our own
- Over-schedule ourselves
- Anticipate the needs of others
- Take responsibility for other people's feeling and actions
- Feel excessively guilty, depressed, and anxious
- Have difficulty saying "no" and meaning it
I understand all these behaviors because, at various times in my life, I've done them. Afterwards, I was left feeling angry, and bitter. Once I got tired of being angry all the time, I learned how to start setting limits with others and began having healthier and happier relationships.
If you're tired of feeling that way too, I can help. We can work together to set healthy boundaries with the people in your life. You'll immediately begin to be able to say "no" without the guilt you feel now. More importantly, you'll learn how to implement improved self-care techniques and begin treating yourself with as much kindness and love as you give others.
I also work with additional women's issues including:
Post-partum Depression or Anxiety
Anxiety can be both good and bad. It is useful in helping us to prepare for important events or dangerous situations. However, for many of us, anxiety can overtake our peace of mind and disrupt our lives. It can be debilitating to the point of interfering with relationships and daily functioning. Here are some commons symptoms of Anxiety.
- Though your life is pretty good, you continually have irrational fears that something could go wrong (impending doom).
- Your family and friends tell you that you “worry too much” and often dismiss you when you share your concerns with them.
- When presented with a fun activity your mind automatically thinks about what could go wrong. In other words, you look at every possible negative scenario that could happen.
- You have control issues and need to be in charge of the finances, prefer to drive, and/or make all the family decisions. You believe you’re the only one who can do things the “right” way.
- You have difficulty falling or staying asleep due to racing thoughts.
If you are experiencing any of the following or have thoughts of self-harm, you may have depression. The longer you try to ignore it, the more difficult it can become to treat. I use evidence-based treatments that will help you to feel happy again and return to your old self.
- Feeling "Trapped" or "Stuck"
- Difficulty making decisions
- Experiencing frequent crying spells
- Losing interest in activities you used to enjoy
- Thoughts of self-harm or feeling like you are a burden
- Has a loved one ever told you that you impatient or easily irritated?
- Do you often lose your temper?
- Have you said things out of anger to those you love, then regretted it later?
I can teach you the three main components to anger and help you gain an understanding of why this happens. I'll help you to take control of your emotions and begin to repair and improve your relationships.
Are you feeling stuck? Maybe you're going through a challenging personal situation or have a difficult decision to make. Sometimes people simply need to talk through their thoughts and feelings in order to bring clarity and resolution to a problematic situation. That's where I come in.
I help normal, everyday people who are simply going through a difficult time. People who are going about their lives and come upon an obstacle that they're not sure how to surmount. Some of my clients come to me for emotional support or want insight and feedback so that they can navigate through certain situations.
Is your job stressing you out? Does your boss give you more work than you can handle? Are you adjusting to a new job or position? The constant downsizing of corporations in the last decade has resulted in many employees experiencing an increase their workload and/or fear losing their jobs. Many times, simply talking with a therapist can bring relief. Together, we can find ways to improve your work situation.
When I meet with military veterans they initially say that they don't see a connection between their current symptoms and their military experience. However, once they complete treatment they have a better understanding of the true impact their deployments have had on their lives and relationships. If you have served overseas (even if you were not in-theater) and are experiencing any of the following symptoms, please call me. As you know, we are losing about 22 Service Members per day due to suicide.
I have attended over 60 hours of specialized training through the Star Behavioral Health Providers program to help military service members and their families who have experienced adjustment and combat issues.
Whether you were in the Michigan National Guard, Reserve Force, an OEF, OIF, OND or other Iraq/Afghanistan veteran, I can help bring relief. I understand the many “unique challenges” that military members and their families can experience. I also understand the importance of confidentiality and will work with you to protect your privacy.