What we’ve experienced, we expect. In fact, those expectations can shape our perceptions of social and personal realities.
Our early experiences foster the development of our strengths—and our symptoms. We are like sponges in our childhoods. We take in what we are told, learning about ourselves from what our parents and others tell us. We often do so uncritically. Some of it is, of course, positive and helpful, and forms our positive sense of self and our relationship to others. Some it may not be. Here, therapy can help.
The work we do will explore any past contributions to your present issues. I have found this beneficial as often the roots of adult symptoms can be found in childhood experiences. Children often make compromises to adapt themselves to their families, which can block expression of their real self. Further, we develop defenses to deal with unpleasant feelings and anxieties, which are sometimes at the root of symptoms that interfere with living life to the fullest and remain in place for years. Much of this resides out of awareness.
Our work together will identify past issues that are contributing to present concerns, and we work at dismantling them at their roots. Depression, anxiety, fears, self-defeating actions, and relationship troubles that stem from outdated situations can then be changed.
Additionally, you can be assured that we will focus on your current concerns and goals, addressing what is currently causing you distress. Our work together can make an important difference in overcoming your current self-defeating patterns, work issues, relationship issues, and in dealing with emotional distress in a healthy way.
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I offer a brief no-charge phone consultation where you can let me know what you would like help with, what led to your decision to reach out for help now, and your goals. I can tell you about the service, what you can expect in working with me, and how I can help you. We can determine if we have a good fit and go from there.