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    CLIENT STORIES

    Joan

    Joan’s life was shrinking like a cheap blouse in an overheated dryer. At 30, fear of flying had ended her dream of world travel. Within a year her phobia included driving. Then, after a national news report of a mass gun violence in another city, Joan became terrified to go downtown in her own hometown. She struggled each morning to leave home to go to her office job.

    She called me, hoping I could help.

    Through therapy, Joan learned when we run from our feelings, they follow us. Everywhere. With help, she learned how to understand and confront unpleasant feelings. She used to think about what was “safe.” Therapy helped her refocus on what seems right or fun or meaningful or ripe with possibilities.

    Today Joan travels wherever she wants. She accepts that safety is not guaranteed and has gained the skills to control her excessive worry and scary body symptoms.

    You have your own unique story. Don’t keep struggling alone.
    I’m here to listen and help. Call for an initial consultation.

    Lynn

    Lynn’s husband had been battling cancer for six years. Their lives had become a series of lowered expectations: one more vacation, one more weekend, one more hour. The clock ran out. Her beloved died. She was lost. She couldn’t figure out how to function alone. She wore his clothes, slept on his side of the bed, took secret comfort in leaving his glasses on the hall table. Something told her she wasn’t doing any of this right. Well-intentioned but clueless friends talked about moving on, about getting “closure”, whatever that is.

    She called me, hoping I could help.

    In therapy, Lynn learned to reject the popular notion that grief follows a predictable series of stages (denial, anger, then acceptance). Her pattern of grief would be as unique as her pattern of love.

    Lynn didn’t have to follow anyone’s pattern. And she didn’t have to stop being sad to start healing. I helped her chart her own path through the sorrow that served to connect her with her husband.

    Today, Lynn has integrated her loss into the fabric of her life. She feels a new normal.

    You have your own unique story. Don’t keep struggling alone.
    I’m here to listen and help. Call for an initial consultation.

    Helen

    It should have been the best of times. Helen had two healthy young children. She and her husband had everything they could want. Yet, Helen found herself slipping into a numbing funk. It felt as if the spirit had gone out of everything. Life was a gray fog. She’d get up in the morning and go through the motions of getting the kids fed and off to school. But none of it mattered.

    She called me, hoping I could help.

    In therapy, Helen gained new awareness of how extensively she was plagued with negative thoughts about herself, the world, the future. Together we examined her negative thoughts and how the thoughts impacted her feelings and behaviors. Helen learned to change or discard the thoughts that were inaccurate and distressing. She also learned the benefits of engaging in activities that bring enjoyment or a sense of accomplishment.

    Today, Helen has let go of unhelpful thoughts and behaviors that were supporting her misery, and is living a more satisfying life.

    You have your own unique story. Don’t keep struggling alone.
    I’m here to listen and help. Call for an initial consultation.