It is possible to stop pretending you are doing well and actually feel well. You can learn to work with those feelings and thoughts that are out of control, and you can do it without all that self-hate and psychological violence. Together we can cut through the complexity of your struggles, breaking everything down into their simplest terms. From that struggle we can discover the opportunity for something more.
I am a licensed mental health counselor, working in the city of Lexington (with internet-based distance services to all of Kentucky). My specialties include mindfulness-based therapies that help people learn how to coexist rather than resist, learning from struggles and turning them into moments of unexpected growth. I also use Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to teach people new skills and ideas to begin building a life that is worth living. This page includes more information about the specific counseling services I offer.
Thoughts & Feelings: I use MBCT to help my clients learn how to live more balanced lives and learn to cope with difficult thoughts (negative self-talk) and crippling emotions (like anxiety, frustration, and sadness).
Depression & Numbness: Emotions do not have to be big and flashy to be problematic. Sometimes emotions can feel heavy, or you may not feel much of anything at all. I use MBCT to help my clients reconnect with their own hearts and lives.
Addiction: When things are overwhelming people will do whatever they can to feel better. This makes sense, but it can lead to problems later on. I use MBCT, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and other techniques to work with addiction.
Psychological Violence: When we are trying to "fix" ourselves and make important changes it is easy to rely on psychological violence. We punish ourselves, we berate ourselves, and we cling to traumatic memories hoping they will force us to change. There is a gentler way.
Well-Being: Therapy is not just about solving problems. It is also about building a life that is worth living. I use Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and other techniques to teach you how to build a life you want to live.