Counseling for Women2017-08-04T03:24:33+00:00

Do You Feel Disconnected From Who You Are and What You Want?

Are life’s stresses and responsibilities weighing you down and leaving little time left for you? As life surges ahead, it may seem as though you are scrambling to keep up and neglecting things you really want. Perhaps you feel overwhelmed by the choices in front of you – from where you’ll work to the best ways to support your children. You may wonder if you are doing the right thing for yourself, your career, and your loved ones. Maybe you go to great ends to achieve perfection and avoid anticipated criticism or rejection from those around you. You may feel unable to put yourself first and wonder what happened to your say in your own life. Do you sometimes feel like you’ve lost sight of your hopes, dreams, and goals? Do you wish you could discover who you really are, improve your self-esteem, and feel empowered to create the life you want?

Navigating the demands of modern life can be an exhausting, lonely, and stressful experience for many women. It may be that you’re struggling with a significant change in your life, such as a career transition, your children growing older, or strain in an important relationship. You might be facing health concerns, menopause, or other physical changes that make you feel alienated from your body and worried about your future. It may seem as though many facets of your life are competing for your attention, and you can’t find relief from racing thoughts or the constant weight on your shoulders. You may find yourself feeling stuck, stagnant and unfulfilled, cycling through your days without any real sense of where you are headed.

Many Women Feel Overwhelmed and Stuck

If you are struggling with self-doubt, guilt, or stress, you are not alone. Anxiety and depression are very common, and most women will go through periods of high stress, sadness, and regret or hopelessness, at some point in their lives. Significant life transitions can often spur feelings of uncertainty and instability, especially when transitions seem to shake the very foundation of your identity. For example, if your children are moving away from home, after so many years under your care, you may wonder about your role in their lives, as well as your role in your family or position in the wider world. Or, maybe you’ve begun a new career or left the workforce and then anxiously question your ability to manage these unfamiliar challenges.

In today’s world, people often feel like they’re being pulled in a million different directions, and women, particularly, often find they have little time left for themselves. Too often, women are taught to care for others and then minimize their needs and wants. Consequently, many women struggle with low self-esteem and/or how to cultivate healthy self-compassion and self-worth. Have you ever stopped for a moment and wondered who you are anymore? Thankfully, with therapy for women, you can get in touch with your innate strengths and personal values. An experienced and compassionate therapist can help you discover all that makes you who you are and move forward with greater confidence, empowerment, and inner peace.

Counseling for Women Can Help You Reclaim Your Identity and Your Life

I have been counseling women for over 20 years, helping them gain and nurture a sense of self amid all of life’s chaoses. With a solution-focused approach and several evidence-based tools, I can help you develop more effective stress management techniques while you also reconnect with your most deeply held values, hopes, and goals. Regardless of what you are struggling with or what stage of life you are in today, there is hope for greater fulfillment, ease, and joy in your life.

I am an active, engaged, compassionate therapist who understands how difficult it can be to navigate life as a woman. I provide a safe, nonjudgmental space for you to communicate openly and honestly about your experiences, fears, upsets, and life challenges. In sessions, we will work as a team. I believe in treating the whole person as a unique individual, and I will draw from years of experience and expertise to tailor-create an approach that best supports and addresses your personality and needs.

During counseling for women sessions, I can also help you develop and practice effective communication skills that you can use to express yourself with clarity and self-assurance. As you develop the skills and confidence needed to ask for what you want, you can let go of feeling stuck and wishing for things to be different. And, importantly, you can feel empowered to advocate for yourself and make time for self-care before anger, resentment, stress, or other painful emotions become overwhelming.

Therapy for women can also help you identify any potential medical sources of hopelessness and heaviness, such as menopause, depression, and the physical drain of stress. The mind-body connection is powerful, and by working with an objective expert, you can unpack what is really going on and find a path toward healing and relief.

No matter what is going on in your life or how many responsibilities you are balancing, you have the inner strength to create the life you want. You matter, and your career, relationships, home, wellness, personal health, and spirit matter. As you develop compassion, forgiveness, and greater respect for yourself, you can begin to articulate, value, and honor your needs. It is possible to make thoughtful, empowered choices that honor your truest self.

You may believe that therapy for women can help you get in touch with who you are, but still have questions or concerns…

Even if I change, my life won’t really change.

While it’s true that you cannot change your coworkers, partner, children, extended family members, or friends, you can shift your internal perception. As you do so, it becomes possible to make sense of and overcome all of life’s inevitable challenges. If you really question whether your life can change for the better, I encourage you to come see me. In sessions, we can address difficult feelings and work to identify their sources. We can explore the factors contributing to your belief that a fulfilling and connected life are out of your reach. I can help you reframe your internal conversation into one that supports what you truly want to cultivate in your life. You are not broken or doomed to feel stuck. Together, we can uncover the core issues and work on improving self-esteem and self-worth. Change is possible, and you are worth it.

I’m afraid that counseling will make me feel worse.

If this page resonates with you, it is likely that you are already feeling nervous or anxious. And, while there might be some pain involved in the process of healing, ultimately, the pain you are feeling today can lighten. You can break free of the negative, self-limiting thought and behavioral patterns keeping you stuck.

I’m afraid that if I start advocating for myself, there will be conflict.

If you are always putting others first, it’s likely that you often feel like you are running on empty, but don’t know how to advocate for your needs without feeling guilty or angry. During counseling for women, I can help you push away the fear that taking time for yourself will make others angry. With help and guidance, you can develop the negotiating skills you need to establish healthy boundaries and say “no” or “not now” when you need time for yourself. And, by taking that time for self-care and self-awareness, you can reduce feelings of overwhelm and anger, making conflict and fighting less likely. You can foster greater peace within yourself and your relationships.

With Counseling for Women, You Can Free Your True Self

It is possible to live with greater ease and fulfillment. I invite you to give me a call at 714-783-8500 or contact me for a free 20-minute consultation. I am happy to answer any questions you have about self-care counseling, mid-life crisis counseling, women’s counseling and my practice.