i work with individuals, couples, families, and groups To Live Happier Lives by Overcoming Roadblocks At Home and at work. Common Issues I Have Helped My Clients Through:
Adjusting to a Life Changes
Do you have a new job? Did you lose someone or something significant in your life? Sometimes our life seems to be off balance based on the transitions we have had to make. Learn to make the most of those large life adjustments and to be more resilient in your home and work lives.
Living Far From Home
Moving to a new country can be a much larger change that it seems. All of a sudden you are dealing with everything in your day to day life in a new way, and without the family and friends that provided you with a source of comfort. This can have invisible effects on how you operate on a daily basis with yourself and with other people. Take the time to focus more on your mental well-being so that you can flourish in the new world that you live in.
occupational stress and Work-Life Balance
Sometimes the pressure we are under on the job seems unmanageable. Sometimes our work spills into our personal life. Whether you are experiencing conflict with colleagues, an unrealistic workload, or increased stress on your partner or family members due to your difficulty in leaving your work behind, I am here to provide you perspective and work you through techniques to restore a healthy work-life balance.
Finding meaning as a "Trailing Spouse" or partner
Did you travel to a new country to pursue your partner's dreams? Me too. An unfortunate label has been placed on us as "trailing spouses" or partners. We have our own dreams and desires as well, and we need to give ourselves the power to realize them. I have. If you need help in finding a meaningful way to apply your skills and abilities in a foreign environment, I can help you make the most out of your temporary or long-term experience abroad - by first helping you to focus on your self-worth and to restore your positive thinking.
Moving abroad with your partner can result in a cornucopia of stressors you didn't previously envision. Similarly, beginning and maintaining a romantic relationship with someone from another culture can cause you to question you and your partner's values and motivations. I can work with you individually or together with your partner to recognize those stressors and to create an action plan to minimize their impact. The end goal is to restore open, meaningful communication with your partner and to realize the sort of supportive, loving relationship you desire.
Depression is a common nemesis that many of us deal with at some point in our lives. Whether its a mild case of the blues, a prolonged feeling of sadness or worthlessness, or shorter and more intense episodes of dread, depression can hold you back from becoming the person you want to be. You don't have to overcome those feelings on your own. We will work together to understand where those feelings are coming from and what the best course of action is to reduce their impact on you, both now and into your future.
Anxiety is a confusing feeling. Why do we feel anxious? What causes us to feel a sense of panic? Anxiety often hides our true personality. We do not have to succumb to these feelings, but can learn how to take control and move beyond them. We can work through the difference between those anxious moments and those moments of clarity where we muster the strength to move past any negative feelings. My goal is for you to have more moments of clarity and that is what we will work toward.
Substance Abuse and Addiction
Do your struggles seem so overwhelming that you feel a need to self-medicate? When we depend on that substance or activity -- no matter if it is something we drink, take, smoke, or an activity we engage in -- we lose command of our own lives. But you are not alone in this process. I will work to regain that control by getting to the root of your behavior. I will help you assess your readiness for change and start a process toward recovery - all while maintaining a positive, hopeful atmosphere.