Mental Health and Therapy
Dismantling stigma around mental health and promoting a culture of help seeking for men, women, individuals, families, and communities is very important to me. Too many people are suffering in silence and it is important to break barriers to reaching out for support and enable help-seeking for mental health, addiction and trauma. Just like going to a family doctor, dentist, or cardiologist is normalized, there should be no shame, embarrassment or feelings of defectiveness, if one is going to a therapy or psychiatry appointment.
Mental health (including addiction and trauma) does not just affect the individual but has a profound impact and ‘ripple effect’ on families, social circles, and future generations. Just like physical health, we all have mental health, and it can be conceptualized as 'fluid', on a spectrum, and 'changing overtime'. Our life experiences (situations, circumstances & choices), genes, temperaments & personality traits, cultural upbringing & values, relationships & attachment styles, as well as, environments all influence our mental health.
Therapy is a unique and dynamic process, whereby attentively listening to you explore yourself, in a non-intrusive space, facilitates a powerful phenomenon that organically unravels and helps you rework, rewire, repair and more deeply understand yourself. Also, as humans, we all have 'blind-spots' which we cannot see, so sometimes working with a mental health professional who has 'trained eyes and ears' can help you become more aware of your blind-spots; develop reality testing, self-regulation, body awareness & attunement.
It is also important to acknowledge, that you have been ‘managing’, ‘surviving’ and ‘dealing’ with “life” for all of these years; thus, another goal of therapy is to uncover the resiliency and self-resourcing that you already have, and to restore hope, movement and action-taking.
Support can mean many things; including, listening attentively to you and creating a safe space for you to process your thoughts, feelings, experiences & beliefs; answering a question; being present and completely immersed in your world, with you, during a session; making you feel heard, validated and valued; providing you with some resources (skills or strategies); or, just knowing that someone is there for you. Please feel free to contact me by phone or email if you have any questions or would like to arrange a free, confidential, consultation.
Looking forward to connecting with you!