I assist client while they become more self-aware and present so they can create the life that compliments how they want to live.
Counselor in Westlake Village, CA
There are times in our lives when transitions for whatever reason. We may have recently experienced the loss of our marriage or a loved one or perhaps we have decided to make a career change. Regardless of the reason, these changes may create a shift within us. Anxiety or depression may become an issue for us during this period or overwhelming grief and difficulties within our relationships. It is important for explore our responses to these events with compassion for ourselves.
Exploring the potential reasons for our need to provide endless amounts of support for those that we love out of a sense of duty is essential in order to determine the toll this tendency can take on us. Working alongside a trusted individual while gently challenging ourselves to recognize the impact this behavior has on our well being can provide the environment necessary to overcome it.
Anxiety can be a beneficial part of our lives as long as it does not lead to suffering. Sharing our experiences with the internal struggles we have with anxiety can be frightening. Creating self-awareness about one's somatic experiences and thought patterns can lead to a more manageable way of coping with our perfectionism, our fears and our need to succeed.
My work centers around the belief that we are who we are because of what we have been surrounded with throughout our lives. I like to "go back" and explore how our past relationships have affected our patterns of behavior, how we have learned to keep ourselves safe and how our beliefs and values were developed.
It is essential to develop a relationship with ourselves in order to better understand the purpose behind our thoughts and behaviors. While developing a Mindfulness practice, we are fostering self-awareness and our reaction to the world around us. Through Mindfulness, we can also acquire self-acceptance, self-compassion and potentially improve our beliefs about ourselves. This practice can be a way to maintain our relationship with ourselves long term.
Historical trauma can be a difficult and sensitive matter to treat. It requires the ability to access its origins and to organically process the experience(s) at a pace that is beneficial to the client. Brainspotting is a technique that allows for the client to process an issue that has been traumatic to them in a systemic manner. It draws upon the notion that talking may not be a necessary component to healing and that accessing unprocessed trauma can be attained through this technique.