People usually come to therapy because they want to feel better. Anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship problems, substance abuse/addiction, losing a loved one, work difficulties (to name a few) and life in general, can be very challenging and overwhelming at times. It is important to seek medical assistance for physical problems when we are not well; therefore, it is also just as important to seek emotional/mental assistance when needed.
People who are willing to work on their issues by discovering, uncovering, and discarding what is not serving them emotionally and/or mentally, will be able to function better in their lives. I believe in always "keeping it real" with my clients. My ultimate goal is to help them begin a holistic journey of emotional, mental, and spiritual soundness. Each client is different and therapy isn't "one size fits all." I always strive to create an environment of safety, non-judgement, and healing! Seeking therapy takes a lot of courage! You have taken the first step to letting go of something that is holding you back in your life. It's going to be uncomfortable at times but in order to make a change, you have to take a risk!
MA - Counseling Psychology, National University
In my life, I had many emotional challenges and therapy always encouraged me in becoming stronger through all of my struggles. I want to give to others what was given to me. I want to encourage people to find their inner strengths and resources needed for every day no matter what their current life issues are. People are the experts of their lives and I want to help guide them to be the best person they can be to live a more emotionally/mentally stable existence as well as gaining coping skills to draw from when needed.
Spirituality, family, movies, exercise, Yoga, playing with my dogs, singing, concerts, theatre.
Humane Society - I love animals and I donate monthly. Animals are so innocent and the abuse/neglect they endure is heartbreaking to me. I know that my donations are going to a worthy cause.
Treadmill, yoga, eating well, dark chocolate, get quality sleep, stop/shut down and get sit outside in the yard with my dogs, read and play candy crush on my phone, watch movies, go get coffee and a treat at Starbucks or Peets.
I have 3 dogs, and they are they are my kids. I have a chihuahua (Sugar) who has no shame. One day, I was drinking coffee in the backyard and I left it unattended. It was sitting on the table next to my chair. I was reading something on my phone. I went to get my coffee and Sugar had snuck from my chair to the table very quietly and was lapping up my coffee (decaf thank goodness). I looked at him and said, "Sugar, no you are not drinking my coffee", he looked up at me as to say, "yes I am mamma" and then he proceeded to continue. I videotaped it. Yesterday, I was talking to my husband and there was half a sandwich on the arm of my chair as we were watching TV. All of a sudden, the sandwich was on the carpet and he was eating it. We found out because our other dog (Spot) was growling. Spot was not happy because he told Sugar, "I do not just take liberties with mamma's food. I wait until she hands it to me." I had to grab the sandwich from the carpet and proceed to distribute little pieces to all 3 of my puppies. They were happy. I don't think Sugar was too amused but he went along anyway.
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