ServicesI offer individual therapy to adults.
I am an experienced therapist who specializes in treating depression, anxiety, relationship issues and life transitions. Day and evening appointments are offered for your convenience.
Depression interferes with many aspects of daily life including work, learning, relationships, recreation, self-care and enjoyment of once pleasurable activities. Symptoms can vary between people.
Some common signs and symptoms include:
- Persistent sadness and low mood
- Feeling hopeless, pessimistic and helpless
- Loss of interest and enjoyment in activities or hobbies that were once pleasurable
- Too much or too little sleep
- Changes in appetite
- Less energy, feeling tired most of the time
- Decreased motivation
- Withdrawing from others
- Difficulty concentrating and remembering details
- Suicidal thoughts
Anxiety can seem paralyzing. There are a number of anxiety disorders each with different symptoms. Some anxiety disorders are: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder. Symptoms common to these disorders include overwhelming feelings of fear and dread as well as intrusive and obsessive thoughts.
We are social beings. Relationships are a central part of our lives. The quality of our relationships is important. Are you feeling connected to others, particularly the people who are most important to you? Are your relationships satisfying? Having communication problems?
We have a lifelong relationship with ourselves. What is the quality of this relationship? Are you struggling with low self-esteem? Are you experiencing self-doubt? How do you take care of yourself? Are you being true to yourself?
Some major life changes or transitions are predictable and part of the life cycle. Leaving home as a young adult, working and establishing a career, forming an intimate relationship and perhaps a family, and retiring are some examples. Other transitions may be startling such as the ending of a relationship, the loss of a loved one, a job loss or a health change.
Whether these changes were expected or unexpected, change to your existing way of life is required. Life transitions are challenging and frequently difficult. Feeling stressed and uneasy is typical. Most humans resist change. The familiar is comfortable. Letting go can be tough. When facing the ending of a chapter of your life, intense feelings and distressing thoughts are often stirred. The uncertainty of the unknown may be upsetting and frightening. Other feelings frequently surface. Feelings of sadness, confusion, overwhelm, anxiety, frustration, anger, depression and helplessness may be experienced.
Transitions are a process. Letting go of the old and moving into the new takes time. Be patient and compassionate with yourself. If you are having difficulty working through a transition, I can help.