Overwhelmed, we notice sadness and worries creep into our thoughts more. Maybe we feel restless and a little trapped, like everyone else is happy, and we’re stuck. Or we notice when we try to connect with others (spouse, kids, classmates, coworkers), something keeps blocking the way and we’re misunderstood instead. Strong emotions then take us to places we said we wouldn’t go to again. Sometimes we need an ally in facing heartache and sorrow who listens to understand the story and stands with us in the pain.
A life filled with more joy, peace, and meaning is within reach. We can gain relief from fear and depression, soothing the scars left by traumas (big or small). By attending to the painful parts, we build resilience and “make sense” out of life. You set the pace–when emotions start to rise, we’ll regulate them together.
As a clinical social worker, I have worked with many individuals, couples, and families to adjust to life stressors–such as new babies, going to college, or divorce. In addition, patients and families and I have wrestled with PTSD pain from childhood trauma or military combat and recaptured life. Through trainings in evidence-based practices and insight gained from my patients, I bring a wealth of knowledge about caring for the mental, emotional, and spiritual parts of us.