I help people who feel stuck in life and are overwhelmed by anxiety, depression, stress, chronic illness, trauma, and relationships.
Mental Health Counselor in Boynton Beach, FL
Depression is the opposite of vitality. Depression creates a feedback loop that causes people to spiral into negative thinking, low self-esteem, lack of energy, and a loss of interest in what may have once been pleasurable activities. While there are different reasons for why one may feel depressed, it is our self-talk, that is the thoughts we think, as well as our beliefs, that keep us feeling stuck as if we are in a deep hole with no way out. I can help you find that way out.
Stress arises when we struggle with difficult situations and pressure. We can learn how to better manage stress by first understanding more about what stress is, and then by learning specific strategies and ways of thinking about our situations so that we can better respond to the thoughts and events that would otherwise cause us to feel highly stressed.
Anxiety comes in many different forms, including generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, adjustment-related anxiety, and more. Through a combination of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Mindfulness, and education, I will help you understand the roots of your anxiety and provide you with specific strategies to help you not only manage your anxiety, but to increase your overall emotional wellbeing.
Mindfulness engages the practice of quieting our minds through various techniques that allow us to be more present and thus happier, more at peace, and joyful. Mindfulness also increases our ability to think clearly and problem solve. Mindfulness (which includes learning to accept the world as it is without layers of judgment, expectation, shame, should's and have-to's) lies at the foundation of my approach to helping clients feel more at ease with who they are and their circumstances.
As an EMDR Certified Therapist, I've seen firsthand how effective EMDR Therapy is as a therapy treatment to help people work through their trauma and difficult emotions. It works with the body’s nervous system to help move painful, unprocessed memories and experiences into long-term memory where the emotional effect of those experiences are greatly reduced, leading you to feel more in control of your life and more empowered.
CBT is based on the idea that how we think (cognitions), how we feel (emotions) and how we act (behaviors) all interact together. Specifically, our thoughts and beliefs determine our feelings and behaviors. CBT takes a more scientific, reality-based approach to our thoughts, helping us identify the thoughts that limit us and learn how to evaluate and modify them. In doing so, we align ourselves with more flexible thinking which in turn improves our emotional well-being.
Intimate relationships are very powerful. Where else can we have someone be so close to us and reflect back to us where we are in life? At the same time, we're all human and we bring into each relationship all our past experiences: our hopes, fears, triumphs, and pains. Each couple is its own dynamic and couples can get stuck at any point in their relationship. I use the famed Gottman Method to help couples enhance fondness and admiration, manage conflict, and create shared meaning and purpose.
The Gottman Method uses what is called the Sound Relationship House Theory to conceptualize what makes relationships work as well as where they may struggle and need to be smoothed out. At its core, the Gottman Method, and its Sound Relationship House Theory, is about 3 components: building/enhancing friendship (which in turn improves positive feelings the couple has towards one another), learning to manage conflict, and creating shared meaning within the relationship.