“Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you.”
– Bethany Hamilton
Have you ever looked around and felt like you were the only one struggling to get through the day or felt as though everyone else seems to have it “figured out?” If so, you are not alone. Unfortunately, the world we live in today gives us access to the best moments of people’s lives without showing us how they got there or the struggles, fears, and hardships that each of them might be experiencing. This experience may lead to internalized voices telling us that we aren’t good enough or smart enough to achieve “success.” The reality is that hardship and struggle are part of the human experience - whether we see it or not.
When we expect that life will be easy, disappointment will be inevitable. However, if we are able to learn how to view our challenges as opportunities instead of obstacles, we empower ourselves to grow instead of to remain stuck where we are. Therapy gives us the opportunity to gain insight and challenge the ways in which we perceive ourselves, others, and the world around us. It provides us with another lens through which we can view and experience our lives, allowing us to live and create a more fulfilling and nurturing existence. Therapy allows you to tell your story, to explore who you are today and the parts of your identity that you wish to embrace and the ones you want to let go of.
It is normal to feel some anxiety at the thought of starting therapy. Maybe you’ve wondered if therapy is right for you, or how people will perceive you going to therapy, or even if you will be able to find the right words to describe how you’re feeling. I want to commend you on taking the first step by even reading this. I want to encourage you to keep going and to believe in yourself and the power within you. You deserve happiness. You deserve to make time for you. You deserve to explore your past, your present, and your future without judgment. Therapy can be an incredibly freeing experience, giving you permission to be human - flaws and all, while also encouraging and fostering compassion, kindness, and strength within your mind, body, and spirit.
If you find yourself still questioning whether therapy is right for you, please reach out and I would be happy to talk to you more about your apprehensions and answer any questions you might have.
I am offering telehealth sessions to anyone living within the state of California. I utilize a HIPAA compliant video-conferencing platform (Doxy.me and Zoom) to meet with clients from the safety and security of their own homes. All you need is a phone, tablet, or computer that has audio and video capabilities, and a quiet/confidential space from which you can talk.
Telehealth has many benefits including access to care, lower wait times, time efficiency, and flexibility. Once we establish a day and time for our meeting, I will email you a unique link that you can access and it’s as simple as that.
If you have any questions regarding psychological care via telehealth, please contact me and I can try and answer them to the best of my ability.
Have you ever lost your train of thought, gone to a room and forgotten why you were even there, lost your phone (for the millionth time that day) or just seem “scattered?” If your answer is yes, then mindfulness coaching can be a great tool for helping you find ways to become more present in your life.
Maybe now you’re asking, what does being “present” even mean? Being present means allowing the mind and body to fully connect to what you are doing or thinking in the moment. Oftentimes, we are so busy running from one task to another that we lose sight of where we are, what we are doing, and what we are thinking about. Our busy lives are filled with to-do lists and schedules, and we don’t have time to really process what is happening around us.
Mindfulness is the practice of “paying attention” to the moment; It is awareness, cultivated by paying attention in a sustained and particular way, on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally. Mindfulness can be practiced formally and informally. The formal practice is what is traditionally called “meditation.” It entails setting aside the time to do nothing but meditating, for example, by doing a body scan. The informal practice of mindfulness includes applying mindfulness or compassion fully to something that we are already doing in our everyday life. For example, we bring our attention to our 5 senses while we are walking (what do I see, hear, feel, smell, touch)? We consciously bring our attention to the moment.
Through mindfulness coaching, I walk you through ways in which mindfulness can be implemented in your life. We will talk about the multiple facets of mindfulness, including compassion, gratitude, and acceptance and how these attitudes can be practiced and strengthened in many different situations during the day such as: at work, with your children and partners, and with yourself. We will work together to cultivate a formal and informal mindfulness practice that can help you feel grounded, nourished, and fulfilled.