Lydia Minear, MA, LPC

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"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, working specifically with teens, young adults and women to build healthy lives. I recognize that not all problems are easy to solve. Perhaps you come to therapy grieving the loss of a loved one, a relationship, or an important part of your identity. Maybe you are seeking counseling due to a disruption in your personal life, marriage, or family.  It may be that you are facing a difficult transition or feel stuck, bored 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, healing environment, and to seek clarity as you move forward with greater power and hope.
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 question these ideas and pressures while forming a view of oneself grounded in 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

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Marietta GA