Individual therapy is perhaps what most people think of when they hear the word 'therapy.' Any issue you're struggling to deal with in your life can benefit from having a sympathetic and objective listener who is trained in multiple techniques to help you find wellness and wholeness. Whether it's work stress, grief, anxiety or depression, substance abuse, or something else, our team of professionals are here to help you weather the storm and come out the other side with strength, poise, and a variety of tools.
Ever get the feeling that your life is moving faster than you are and you cannot catch up. Or perhaps your experience is restlessness, fidgeting, panic attacks, or an overall feeling of discomfort; not feeling safe in your own body. These can all be symptoms of anxiety. You may not feel safe in a crowd or feel like you stick out like a sore thumb. Have you ever become paralyzed with fear and not know where it comes from? All symptoms of various forms of anxiety. You know longer need to feel trapped in your own body. Our work with those who are managing anxiety issues ranges from exposure therapy to mindfulness-based stress reduction techniques, which include grounding, meditation, and breathing/relaxation exercises to train your body to behave in a manner that leaves you feeling safe and secure in your space.
Depression/Bipolar Disorder/Adjustment Disorder
Sadness is a normal emotion and does not always mean a person is depressed but sometimes it does…and there is nothing wrong with that. We want to help my clients erase the stigma that can be related to mental, emotional, and sometimes spiritual disorders that may leave a person feeling out of sync. Sometimes that is what depression feels like; a low-grade pull that leaves one tired, irritable, discouraged, and even confused. We offer therapeutic interventions that help our clients to sort through the murky waters of sadness and explore the path to contentment and peace. The symptoms associated with depression, bipolar disorder, and adjustment disorder can be managed with a commitment to healing by finding the best path back to one’s self.
Grief & Loss
Grief can be caused by so many losses; all devastating and life changing. I approach grief, using the “Four Tasks of Mourning” because I don’t believe grief comes in stages and moves to an end. We believe grief must be managed as a task toward healing and using this approach allows a person to revisit a task when the healing in that area is not complete. Grief is very personal and we encourage our clients to manage it in the way that works best for them, allowing us to act a support vessel when the waters become too difficult to navigate on their own. Our staff have an extensive history of working with survivors of violent crime and homicide and those who have lost their loved ones to violence, drunk drivers, murder, suicide, domestic violence. The grief that stems from these incidents, so devastating, is called complex grief. In addition to experiencing a loss, one must also deal with the heightened nature of the loss through the tragic brutal complexities that accompany violent death. Using a step by step journey-like pace, we will walk through the devastation alongside you on the way to the healing.
I really fell in love with mindfulness after working so hard to meditate, I was feeling dizzy, without an ounce of peace or tranquility in sight. Of course, I never spent more than 15 minutes in my quest for inner peace and solitude. Well, then along came mindfulness. Mindfulness gave someone like me permission to be. No longer did I have to focus so hard on being still that I could not be still. But instead, I could be mindful in the moment; no matter how fleeting. This freedom has brought me to a place of peace which allows me to not worry if I lose track of my “nothingness thinking.” I just must be mindful to bring my mind back when it wanders. This small lesson led me on a new path toward stillness that was possible for one of high energy. Mindfulness is a beautiful practice which teaches one to be in the moment and to choose to be there on purpose. I invite you to join me on this path to who knows where. You be your own guide.
Many of the experiences we endure in life leave us feeling flat, defeated, and depleted. In such times you may lose sight of not just your goals, plans, or desires but you can lose sight of who you are. There are as many healthy coping skills as there are unhealthy ones. Substance use and abuse fall into the latter category. When a person turns to substances to escape pain, forget, or cope, the last thing needed is judgment. Our therapists operate from a place of respect and compassion for individuals who suffer from addiction. The challenges that come with addiction are great and the road back is not easy. The “Living Loved” staff is well trained in addiction studies as well as offering group therapy and individual therapy geared toward healing addiction. We are committed to full wellness, no matter what you're dealing with.