We’re all only human
Why can’t I just snap out of it?
When we suffer, we tend to do a very human thing: Retreat from life, go into hiding, and hope that somehow things will change. It’s in our nature to want to fix things by ourselves, and when we struggle—with depression, or with anxiety, or stress—we tend to want to do it alone. It’s hard to let other people see our suffering, and so we isolate ourselves and hope we can feel better by force of will.
Sometimes, two heads are better than one.
Most often, retreating makes things worse. It turns out that people can’t really “snap out of” feeling bad. And it’s hard to make the change you need to get past suffering when you are stuck, alone, in the middle of it.
In therapy, you will find support without judgement as you work to make positive change in your life. I offer a compassionate outside perspective, intelligent collaboration, and the clinical expertise you need to get unstuck.
My Portland psychotherapy office is a calm, quiet space where we can examine the problems in your life and come to an understanding of how things go wrong—where you learn to discover and refine the inner qualities you need to make the change you want.
Please have a look around my site to get an idea of the issues I work with, my style in working with people, and to get a sense if this would be a good fit for you.
You may also call for a free 20-minute phone consultation to talk about how therapy might help, or email me with questions or concerns about what is going on in your life. I look forward to hearing from you!