Why you’re here
You want to be your best self, however you want to define that and that is our starting point. Folks usually come to see me because they have an issue they have not been able to sort out on their own. Sometimes this comes in the form of significant symptoms, and other times it presents as a discomfort or dissatisfaction that one has not been able to shake off.
In the time I’ve been a psychologist, I find that many people reaching out to me are seeking clarification and/or connection for themselves, with others, or with the world. To achieve this, it also helps to have a safe and supportive space to express ones self. When you walk through the doors at GHW, I hope you find the sanctuary you are looking for.
Why I’m here
In case you’re interested in the back story of GHW:
I started a part-time private practice in 2010 around the time I was expecting my first child. This was a great move for my family to set the stage for creating a flexible schedule for my family’s growth. Fast forward a few years, and I transitioned to full-time private practice. With a full schedule and more families and individuals seeking services, it got me thinking about what could be next.
As a generalist, I enjoy and thrive when I work with different age groups, dealing with a diversity of issues, and exploring/trying new things. As I built a reputation for psychotherapy services in the community, I found myself wanting to reach more people and in different ways.
Emotional health needs are on the rise, and stigma around learning and getting assistance has improved but we have a long way to go. On any given day, we read the news headlines only to hear about a tragedy or societal ill that can feel like a direct hit to our heart. It may be occurring in a community across the country, but it could also be our community. Emotional health challenges do not discriminate across age, background, socio-economic status, etc. This made me wonder about how to reach more people outside of my therapy office. I love working one-on-one with individuals and families, but I want to do more because our community needs more.
We have shared feelings and experiences that weigh on us and we can all relate to- disconnection, disappointment, needing to do more with less, fear and uncertainty about our changing world, anxiety about our future, feeling misunderstood and alone at times.. just to name a few.
Mental health has come a long way in creating different interventions for various challenges and diagnoses. I’m a big proponent of collaborating because more than one mind is better than a single mind. I enjoy and appreciate a growing trend around integrating health needs. After all, our head is connected to our body.
The same strategies I talk to individuals with clinical diagnoses about can also be helpful to other folks that don’t meet criteria for a diagnosis. I wonder, “why don’t more people seek and/or take advantage of this stuff?” This is where stigma plays a role. For instance, in a moment of feeling overwhelmed when I need to be in three different places at one time (work, driving kids to an activity, at home making dinner), some controlled breathing could help with my increased heart rate. This same intervention is helpful for folks with panic attacks. Now, let’s be clear, I’m not comparing feeling overwhelmed with panic attacks- they are two very different things. However, practical strategies can be used in a variety of ways to help anyone. This is one example of how tending to our emotional health is important for EVERYONE. Check out the offerings at GHW to see if anything interests you. If you’re looking for something that we do not offer, please share it with us. We might be able to direct you to someone has the service or maybe we will create it!