2020 was a year where our normal patterns were disrupted and we were forced to adjust to ever-changing circumstances. Whether you’re experiencing post-traumatic fatigue from having survived 2020, or are experiencing guilt for how well you were able to reset and thrive, a common thread in all of our experiences, is that 2020 showed us that we have the capacity to honor various experiences and emotions at any given time. Neither of these experiences has to cancel out the other.
It’s a new year, and you have the right to honor what you’ve learned from 2020, while yearning for a healthier, happier, and more wholesome 2021. After all, the purpose of having survived is not to do it all over again, but to allow yourself to access things differently. Constant exposure to trauma and uncertainty can make the nervous system feel dependent on adrenaline to function, but you can now access another way of functioning: moment-to-moment living, where your success is more connected to your dreams and your wants.
What You Want …
- A safe and secure place to process the worries that you hold and the experiences you’re having without the pressure of being seemingly “put together.” You yearn for a place where you can feel cared for and not have to focus on being the caretaker or people-pleaser.
- To acknowledge your thoughts and feelings without being told: “Don’t be scared,” “Don’t worry,” “Don’t panic,” or “Just calm down,” which only causes guilt and increases anxiety and fear.
- To learn some effective strategies for coping with fear and anxiety head-on.
- Support in finding creative and mindful ways to engage what you’re doing each day, and to remain in connection with yourself and those whom you care for.
How I can Help …
- By being a compassionate witness to what is activated inside of you as a result of this global pandemic: your thoughts, emotions, memories, and body sensations without denying you the space to feel and be human.
- Supporting you with ways of attuning to the needs of different protective parts of yourself that especially show up in times of stress or uncertainty.
- By providing practical steps on managing tricky emotions, and addressing previously ignored areas of life to foster deeper healing.
- Aiding you in noticing how this pandemic can be used as a ‘pause and reset’ opportunity. So, that when this pandemic eventually ends, you have grown more authentically connected to yourself and your ways of engaging with others.
What to Know Before We Get Started …
- Therapy is easier to access now than ever before through the use of your phone or laptop, and the process does not require any special device equipment.
- A secure HIPAA compliant platform for video (i.e. Zoom or Vsee) and phone sessions are used.
- Simply find a quiet space that allows you to participate in online or phone sessions, to also ensure privacy.
- Healing happens anywhere when there’s a shift from asking yourself what is wrong with you to being open to explore with curiosity and compassion what has happened to you.
- What can make video online counseling just as effective as in-person therapy, is the quality of the therapeutic bond between the therapist and client, and I look forward to providing support in any way that I can.