What's Holding You Back From Feeling Good?

 
 

Anxiety

When you feel anxious not only is your mind jittery and restless, you can also feel it in your body. Persistent fear and worry creates an anxious mind and stressed body. Some feel it in their stomach, others feel it in in their chest, it can even manifest as ringing in your ears, or as digestive problems, headaches, insomnia etc..the list goes on and on.  

Anxiety is common and for some it is a persistent state that can also lead to panic attacks. It makes sense that something that manifests as physical symptoms would respond well by also attending to the body. 

 

Whether or not you are using medication to manage your anxiety, by also including exercise, proper nutrition and talk therapy into your treatment plan, you will be taking a proactive, preventative approach to keeping your anxiety and its nasty symptoms in check.

Living with anxiety is no way to live.  Let me help you establish healthy living habits that will keep even the most restless of minds calm.  Beyond offering exercise and nutritional guidance I use the proven modalities of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), walk and talk therapy, and mindfulness based movement therapy when working with clients struggling with anxiety. 

 

Self-Esteem

Self Esteem typically develops in childhood. That being said at anytime your self esteem can be negatively or positively impacted. 

 

Self esteem can be negatively affected by a series of rejections and/or feeling like a failure in your personal or professional life.  Low self-esteem manifests as feeling insecure, self-doubt, feeling shameful, self-criticism, negative self talk, comparing yourself to others, low self-worth, isolating yourself, codependency, suppressing anger, and/or feeling like a disappointment to yourself and to others.  Feeling overweight or out of shape or just generally unhappy with your body is very much associated with a lower self-esteem. 

Numerous research correlates exercise with higher self-esteem, more confidence and increased sense of wellbeing. This is why I integrate nutrition and exercise into my sound mind, sound body sessions  with you.  It is challenging to have a healthy self-esteem if you don't feel good in your body.  

However even will increased exercise, your mind can be so accustomed to the negative self talk loop that you lose the ability to clearly and honestly see yourself.   So beyond helping you incorporate exercise and healthy eating into your life, I also partner with you to peel away the layers that are keeping you stuck; together we uncover and examine your core pains and any events in your history that are getting in your way of living a healthier and happier future. 

 

Divorce

Divorce is a stressful, life changing event.  Many people experience the stages of grief as they process the loss of their marriage.  Some people can struggle with moving through the emotions that get brought up from the end of their marriage. 

I am a child of divorce and I have seen and experienced first hand how divorce can have long lasting, negative impacts.  I have also seen, that with the right support, people can make positive choices that allow them (and their families) to live happier, healthier lives.

Going through a divorce can cause you to question how you want to lead your life as a unmarried person.  It is huge shift and a significant role change.  A divorce can open up an opportunity for reflection on the past, a re-examining of values and a shift in perspective.

​Divorce often can be a catalyst for wanting to make changes in your own life. But experiencing the loss of a marriage is also quite scary and often paralyzing. I help you to take the time process the pain, sadness and stress of ending your marriage so that you can move forward in your life.  I partner with you to help you move through the heaviness so that you can be ready for the transformative impact that loss can invoke.

 

Honoring the premise that "movement in your body creates movement in your life", I help you process your divorce not only by traditional psychotherapy, but also by​ inviting you to join me in moving your body.  By taking this integrated approach, you will discover your own strength as you attend to past pains, while at the same time gain confidence in your ability to move forward into a healthier, happier life. 

 
 

ADD & ADHD

Often people assume two things about ADD/ADHD, they assume a.) its a childhood disorder and b.) medication is the only treatment. These assumptions are only partly true.  Adults also struggle with ADD/ADHD. Some adults were diagnosed as children, others weren't diagnosed until well into adulthood. I, for example, was diagnosed as an adult with ADHD, inattentive type. I also have been able to manage my ADHD without medication. For some medication can be extremely helpful, but for others the the side effects are such that medication isn't the best option, or they simply want to try alternative treatment in lieu or in addition to medication.  

 

Tardiness, losing things (namely your keys!), procrastination, clutter, trouble concentrating, difficulty sitting still, and/or struggling with completing a task/assignment are just some of the many challenges of living with ADD/ADHD. There are proven strategies that can be tremendously helpful for us ADD-ers. I help you tease out what strategies will relieve you of feeling like ADD/ADHD is a handicap and instead allow you to feel that you can thrive not only with ADD/ADHD but, because of it!

Living with ADD/ADHD can be a real struggle, but it doesn't have to be. The key to successfully thriving with ADD/ADD is implementing strategies & techniques that work with your ADHD, not against it. From using visual timers, to swivel/rocking chairs, to adding more protein and limiting sugar, to daily exercise, to music dance breaks.  There are many ways to improve your focus and eliminate overwhelm.  The biggest challenge is staying consistent with these strategies.

I offer accountability and support in implementing and consistently using these strategies in your life.  

Depression

From my experience both personally and professionally, I have come to realize that there are "many roads that lead to Rome".  In this context that means that there are many treatments that help to relieve depression.  

 

This background photo is me in the midst of learning how to manage my depression. Like the more than 20 million people in the US,  I too would go through short and some times very long periods of feeling hopeless. Of course traditional therapy was tremendously helpful to me, but so too was discovering how much better I felt when I was in nature, moving my body, breathing fresh air -- fully experiencing the natural world. 

As a licensed therapist, I call upon my training to offer a mix of modalities including, but not limited to, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy, emotional freedom technique (EFT), solution focused therapy, walk and talk therapy as well as somatic and movement therapies. 

I also incorporate exercise and nutritional guidance into my sessions with all of my clients and especially those struggling with depression.

 

Research is proving time and time again how exercise is one of the most effective natural treatments for depression and anxiety.  Furthermore, new data continues to come out about how our diet positively impacts our brain chemistry.  Exercising and eating a nutrient dense diet offers an effective alternative treatment to try before starting a psych medication or in addition to the psych medication you are currently taking. Remember, tapering off any medication should only be done in conjunction to working with your prescribing physician

As I said, there are many roads that lead to Rome and I prefer to take the scenic route.  Time spent in nature is soothing for the mind, body and soul.  So when possible, I meet you in a natural setting for our sessions.   

 

Insomnia

Sleep is the anchor of mental health wellness.  Everything starts to unravel if you are not sleeping.  And the more elusive sleep becomes the more hopeless and frustrated you feel. 

 

Sleeplessness is usually the result of a combination of factors.  Stress, anxiety, hormones and/or diet are just a few factors that could be keeping you awake. But also there is another piece to the insomnia puzzle and that is often overlooked and that is your relationship with sleep. You see, overtime insomnia can create a spiral of preoccupied thoughts about the anticipation of not sleeping.  Which then tends to make insomnia worse. This is called the "insomnia spiral".

 

I help clients end insomnia by using therapies that quiet the mind, nourish the body and support lasting quality sleep habits. These include dietary changes, fitness routine, sleep hygiene and talk therapy.  For some this is all it takes.  But for others, a systematic program is needed.  I use a very specific therapy called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for insomnia (CBTi) which is aimed at ending the insomnia spiral.  CBTi focuses on addressing both the thoughts and behaviors that are affecting sleep. CBTi has been shown to work as well as sleep meds and over time it has been shown to work better! (Mitchell et al., 2012).

I also incorporate Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) as another therapeutic tool to end insomnia.  EFT combines principles from ancient Chinese Acupuncture with modern psychology.  EFT relieves insomnia by allowing your mind and body to release underlying anxieties and stressors that are keeping you from sleeping.

Just as things unravel from lack of sleep, once your sleep improves everything else quickly gets better!  You just may need a little guidance and support to get your sleep back on track.  It can happen! 

 
West Chester, PA
Wayne, PA
Online Therapy: California, Pennsylvania, International
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