Life can bring challenges and stress that may leave us feeling overwhelmed and unsure of our next steps. As the quote above tells us; it is not a question of if life will have hardships, but when, and what we will choose to do when faced with them. Just as important as facing the terrible, is the challenge of continuing to see the beautiful things in our lives as well -- which are there. It's a challenge, but one of the hopes of therapy is to try and hold and accept the beautiful and the terrible together because they often live together. Therapy, 'the talking cure' is proven to be particularly helpful with acquiring insight into situations, learning to listen to what symptoms are telling us, and gaining strength and courage to make the changes necessary to bring relief, and improve quality of life. Therapy is not a solitary journey, and for most that is the most comforting aspect.
The therapeutic relationship is a collaborative process; it is rooted in trust, and guided by curiosity about how we came to think, feel, and believe particular things about ourselves. Many of our most deeply held beliefs about self are unconscious, and though buried to the conscious mind - still have a significant impact on how we lead our lives. My approach is Psychodynamic, which means that we will explore the past and present, with particular emphasis on formative relationships, and significant experiences. If your relationships are not what you hoped they'd be, If you're troubled by difficult thoughts and feelings, and if life is less satisfying than you want -- then perhaps it's time to begin.
The journey to motherhood: For those dreaming of becoming a mother and giving over all of their emotional and and financial resources to be one. For those grieving a lost pregnancy or stillbirth. For those pregnant after a loss. For families with a baby in the Nic-U. For those adjusting to the trials of motherhood. For those living in the nightmare of a stillbirth or loss of their infant. This experience can begin to feel like an emotional pressure cooker, with stress, anxiety, depression, anger and grief all in the mix. I have come to know with great certainty, that the opportunity to explore these feelings and experiences of motherhood in a supportive therapeutic relationship can be invaluable. Therapy is a place to put words to all that you feel, and have someone else share the heaviness of them for a while. Over time you will experience relief, and know that you are healing.