“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” -Joseph Campbell
Many people come in for counseling because they feel stuck in some area of their lives, or they have been feeling down for a long time and are not sure how to feel better. Most of us go through times in life that are hard, and it is my belief that we have unlimited energy around us at all times that we can access to help us feel like our true selves: inspired by life and our potential. If you are wanting help with a problem you have had for a long time, whether it’s depression, trauma, anxiety, loneliness, or a lack of a sense of meaning, I can help you heal and gain more access to your unique and energized self.
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” -African proverb
It is true that all relationships take work, and for good reason. Being in relationship with another person stirs up our most sensitive and vulnerable parts, and gives us the opportunity to accept and heal parts of ourselves we don’t like or avoid-but this is not easy. It is normal and natural to go through less than thrilling times in your relationship, but if you notice that you and your partner are having ongoing trouble connecting, resolving an issue, or finding meaning in your relationship, couples counseling is a wonderful opportunity to access your self and each other once again in a new, energized way. I believe there is always more to know about our partner, always ways to connect and feel close, secure, and cherished. My job is to help couples find that for themselves.
“Love is a friendship that has caught on fire.” -Unknown
And like any friendship, marriage consists of joining in a committed union while remaining and growing in who you are as individuals-the most exciting journey there is. Premarital counseling is a wonderful way to begin conversations about important topics that you and your fiance/fiancee will have for a lifetime together. With an ongoing attention to communication and connection, I go through with couples many areas that tend to arise in long term relationships as a way to start those important and exciting conversations. Your wedding will be a day to celebrate, and your marriage will bring both joy and losses. Premarital counseling can help set the stage for a lifetime of open-hearted communication, joy and growth.