I believe the challenges women face as we navigate our lives are often riffs on a common melody. We leave ourselves behind as we care for everyone else, lose our natural authenticity as we play the roles expected of us, or pursue a definition of success that leaves us unbalanced, exhausted, and ultimately unfulfilled or even unhealthy. I call all of this "Women's Stress Syndrome".
I am truly passionate about helping women who are ready to beat Women's Stress Syndrome and finally play their own tune!
Do you recognize your experience in any of these descriptions?
Superwoman: You take care of everyone and everything and you do a great job of it most of the time, but you feel overwhelmed and underappreciated - maybe even angry. You've been revving high and rushing for so long that you can't even relax when you have the opportunity. Every once in a while, you shut down either physically, emotionally, or both. You need a stress solution that won't take up too much time and energy.
Exhausted: You work really hard and don't take the time to refuel your tanks. You feel like if you stop, you'll drop, so you fuel yourself with the adrenaline that comes with more stress. You need to learn how to renew and replenish in a healthful and sustainable way.
Lost: Life's demands have finally let up a bit, perhaps you're an empty nester, or maybe you find yourself living alone, and you're ready to do your own thing. Except, you don't even know who you are or what you want. Maybe you never did! You need to find yourself and discover your purpose.
Disconnected: You've denied your body's needs for so long that you've lost your connection to your body's signals. You may be experiencing body image or eating issues, or you may be missing your body's subtle cues telling you that something's wrong. You need to reconnect mind and body, and learn to trust and honor your body's needs.
Depleted: Years or even decades of not prioritizing yourself or managing the build-up of stress in your nervous system have taken a toll, and you've developed symptoms of stress-related illness or even chronic pain. You need strategies that reduce your symptoms and a stress relief toolbox - now!
As you can see, different experiences with stress require different solutions. And these are just some of the many ways Women's Stress Syndrome can manifest. However stress shows up for you, I'm here to help.
Years of experience have taught me that we have the capacity to heal, grow, and create positive change, even at the cellular level, and recent findings in neuroscience support that belief. What's most exciting is that these findings reveal the tremendous benefit of both traditional, time-honored, and modern, cutting-edge methods! My lived experience using these methods to overcome my own health and emotional challenges have made me a true believer!
My approach blends teaching, mentoring, coaching, and counseling, to provide you with the help you need as you navigate the opportunities and challenges of managing Women's Stress Syndrome and creating a fulfilling life!
While our work is always customized for your needs and the realities of your life, I draw on a wide range of evidence-based modalities including:
- Mind-Body, Cognitive Behavioral, and Mindfulness-Based Therapies
- Energy Psychology
- Neuroscience and Trauma-Informed Therapy
- Clinical Hypnosis and Biofeedback
- Weight Neutral Approaches to Food and Body-Images Challenges
- Positive Psychology
More specifically, depending on your challenges and circumstances, our work may include:
- Embarking on a journey of discovery, designed to help you reconnect with authenticity so you can live freely, purposefully, and meaningfully.
- Developing a program of simple daily practices to build your resilience, and help you calm down, relax, and handle stress optimally.
- Focusing on time and energy management so you can handle overwhelming demands and possibly even get some of those demands off your plate.
- Directly targeting symptoms of anxiety, chronic pain, or stress-related medical conditions.
- Helping you develop a sensible but non-negotiable approach to self-care and self-kindness.
As your partner in well-being, I'll be a fierce advocate for your goals and dreams - providing support when you need it, and challenging you when we agree the time is right. I will stand by you while you process your past and travel with you as you create your future. I'll provide a safe space when you're vulnerable, and help you connect with your motivation, discover your inner strength and wisdom, overcome obstacles, let go of what doesn't work for you, and ignite your capacity to thrive!
My style is down-to-earth, compassionate, and never judgmental. Each client relationship is unique, and my top priority is making sure you feel safe, heard, and understood.