Living Therapy Services
Individual therapy is a collaborative effort between you and your therapist. What happens in therapy depends on your individual needs, strengths, and goals. For this reason, your experience in therapy will be unique—just like you!
People seek therapy for help with many different issues or concerns. Because you are human, it is likely that your issues or concerns are not very different from others who have sought therapy before you. Click here if you are interested in individual therapy.
Any of us can experience trauma. Traumatic experiences can range from natural disasters or accidents to interpersonal violence, combat, or abuse. For some individuals, the effects of trauma naturally go away over time, but for others, reactions to trauma can hang on and continue to influence your sense of safety, emotional reactions, and ability to function in one or more areas of life. Common reactions to trauma include fear and anxiety, re-experiencing (i.e. nightmares, flashbacks), difficulty trusting others, problems with sex or intimacy, feeling emotionally overwhelmed or emotionally numb, and more. Reaching out is the first step to recovery. Healing is possible. I have extensive training and experience in treating trauma and sexual abuse, and work at a pace that is comfortable for you. Click here if you are interested in trauma therapy.
SEXUAL ABUSE & TRAUMA THERAPY
In couples therapy, you and your partner can expect to feel equally respected and heard in your sessions. Couples therapy can help you and your partner learn to communicate more effectively, help you stop keeping score, find new ways to support each other, help you understand and respond to each other’s needs, help you to share difficult thoughts, feelings or concerns with one another, and help you to find ways to rediscover attraction, trust, love, and intimacy in your relationship. Couples therapy works if both partners value the relationship, and can recognize their contributions to both problems and solutions in the relationship. Click here if you are interested in couple therapy.
Feeling sad is a normal part of being human. However, if we feel sad more days than not, it may mean that we are experiencing depression. Depressive symptoms can range from experiencing a loss of interest in activities we used to enjoy, to finding it difficult to make decisions, to having suicidal thoughts. Sometimes depression is coupled with anxiety. You may be worrying excessively, feeling uncomfortable in social situations, or feeling irritable or “on edge” much of the time. It is also possible to experience anxiety without feeling depressed. Anxiety and depression can be triggered by a number of factors. Therapy can help. I draw from several different disciplines to help you find solutions that work for you. Click here if you are interested in therapy for anxiety or depression.
THERAPY FOR ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION
Poly therapy can include working with one or more partners in a polyamorous relationship. Therapeutic exploration may involve working to define roles or rules in the relationship, coping with issues related to blended families or child rearing difficulties, dealing with past trauma that might be influencing interactions among partners, or otherwise helping partners develop and maintain healthy relationship patterns.
I understand that poly relationships are often misunderstood by therapists, and those in polyamorous relationships can experience a lack of support in community, which can add stress to the relationship. I take into account both internal and external factors that may be affecting the fluency of the relationship, and work with each individual's difficulties, strengths, and goals to help you find solutions that reflect your values and needs. Click here if you are interested in poly therapy.
Mindfulness therapy can be useful in treating anxiety and depression, physical pain, post-traumatic stress, and a number of other issues. It can also be used to heal or deepen our relationships with others, and help us to feel connected, grounded, and centered within ourselves.
When used in therapy, mindfulness skills are introduced gradually over time, and take practice and time to develop. Clients are encouraged to practice different mindfulness techniques both in and outside of therapy sessions, and learn to develop present-focused awareness, self-compassion, and acceptance. Mindfulness strategies can include breathing techniques, meditation practices, and yoga or body awareness strategies. Mindfulness therapy is not just for “new-agey” type people—mindfulness skills can be useful for anyone living in today’s fast-paced society. Anyone is capable of developing mindfulness skills, and everyone can benefit from incorporating some mindfulness into their day to day lives. Click here if you are interested in mindfulness therapy.
Women's Group for Sexual Abuse/Assault Survivors
The Women’s Group for Sexual Abuse/Assault Survivors is an 8 session therapy group that meets weekly. Topics for this group may include discussions on common reactions to trauma, support and relationships, sex and intimacy issues, body image, exploring paths to healing and recovery, and learning new coping and mindfulness skills. The group is held two to three times throughout the year depending on the number of individuals interested in attending the group. Group therapy can be an effective and affordable alternative or addition to individual therapy. Click here if you are interested in participating in the Women's' Group for Sexual Abuse/Assault Survivors.