"The purpose of psychotherapy is to set people free." - Rollo May
As a Licensed Professional Counselor, I have the pleasure of working in private practice, helping teens, adults, and families. Perhaps you come to therapy grieving the loss of a loved one, a relationship, or an important part of your identity. You could be experiencing depression and anxiety, which prohibits you from fully embracing life and feeling joy. It may be that you are facing a difficult transition or feel stuck and confused about what the right direction for your life is. Whatever issue prompts you to seek help, therapy provides an opportunity to pause, to take time to rest in the safety of a compassionate environment, and to seek clarity as you move forward with greater power and hope.
Benefits of Counseling with Lydia
Counseling provides a space for you to be heard, to understand your feelings and to identify your unique voice. The therapeutic relationship I build with my clients is based on trust and acceptance. My clients have noted that the safe space I create allows them freedom to process difficult experiences and find their own inner strength. They often discover improved self-acceptance and self-esteem. Many of my clients adopt healthier ways of coping with stress, anxiety, and sadness. Life involves facing moments and seasons of pain and distress. Counseling provides individuals with the opportunity to not face these challenges alone and maintain hope as they take steps of courage to improve their lives.
Areas of Focus
Anxiety: Generalized Anxiety and Social Anxiety
Existential: Questions about Meaning, Purpose, and Spirituality
Family of Origin Issues
Self-Harming Issues: Cutting and Disordered Eating
I have a special passion for working with teens and young adults. I have felt honored to walk alongside adolescent girls as they navigate the many challenges of growing up, such as managing moods and anxieties, developing healthy relationships and friendships, and coping with the many negative messages of culture as they seek to know and value their uniqueness. In helping young adults, we discuss the many challenges of the "next steps", including forming a vision for their life based on purpose, passion, as well as stability. Some popular topics I discuss in session with teens and young adults include: moods and anxieties, self-esteem, self-harming behaviors and suicidal ideation, family of origin issues, substance use and addiction, relationships and dating, and exploring questions of meaning and purpose in one's life.
I enjoy helping women know themselves more fully as they build healthy lives. From an early age, girls are sent a multitude of messages about how to be, what to be, and how to present oneself. These messages often come from peers, media, family and now social media. In adolescence and adulthood these confining ideas about being a woman often intensify as pressures about pleasing others increase. The reality is that each woman faces a variety of obstacles to growing and expanding her life. In my work as a counselor, I am passionate about being a support to my clients as they wrestle with obstacles to self-acceptance and authenticity. Just a few of the topics we address include: codependency, people-pleasing, perfectionism, relationships, body image and eating, asserting oneself, leadership, clarifying purpose and passions, insecurity & self-doubt, shame & guilt, sexuality, establishing boundaries, and self-worth.