You might be feeling pretty lonely and isolated right now.
Most likely, you’re feeling like you are the only person on this planet that is experiencing these issues, or at the very least like you cannot talk about what you’re experiencing even if you know others experience the same struggles.
Let me begin to help you take the first step toward self compassion RIGHT THIS MINUTE – you are not alone in the challenges you are facing.
What you’re feeling is completely normal.
Additionally, you will be doing yourself a great service if you can embrace the feelings rather than trying to pretend they don’t exist.
Whether you’re experiencing reproductive mental health issues, young adulthood adjustment, adolescent difficulties, or couple/relationship issues, know that you’re not alone and you don’t have to struggle alone.
Take the first step and reach out, even if you and I are not a good therapeutic fit, I still want to get you set up with the help you need.
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Reproductive Mental Health
This includes infertility, pregnancy and/or infant loss, pregnancy challenges, postpartum anxiety and/or depression, and new motherhood or fatherhood difficulties. What a mouthful right? I know that’s a lot and covers a whole lot of categories, but this phase, or season of life, is A WHOLE LOT. There are lot of opportunities for strife within this relatively short amount of time between when you decide you’d like to start having kids to “completion” (whether that’s actually giving birth or needing to come to terms with the fact that it won’t look the way you always thought it would). This phase within the lifespan is when we need the most support, yet we are told, in one way or another (or many) that we need to “buck up buttercup” and ignore our feelings, which are only natural. Certainly, we are not “supposed” to express our emotions outwardly! Well, I say forget that. Expressing our feelings and intense emotions during this time is the only way we survive and get through to the other side.
You are about to embark on the next phase in your life. The excitement has been building all throughout high school. Decisions have been made (or perhaps not?) It seems the next step in your life is all anyone in your life can talk about. With all this pressure, how can anything go wrong? Right? Oy, let me tell you, this another one of those major life phases that you are expected to simply relish in the excitement and express nothing but drive, motivation and absolute joy for the new experiences to come. Reality: this can be a very intimidating, confusing, and perhaps even lonely time in your life. This is normal. I want to validate whatever feelings you’re having, because well, they’re valid! When we accept and validate the feelings we are having, then and only then, can we move forward with the business of life. Maybe you feel stuck in what to do next, maybe you feel scared about what’s coming next, maybe you feel anxious that you won’t succeed, maybe you feel sad thinking about the possibility of letting your family down…Whatever the case may be, please remember this is temporary and that more importantly you don’t have to go through it alone.
Do you have an adolescent child? Do you worry about them? Do you wonder if they have enough support? Are there things that they don’t feel they can talk to you about? It’s my belief, after working with adolescents for the past 8 years, that most (if not all) can benefit from an extra adult in their lives to talk through and process things. Maybe they’re feeling sad or anxious or out of place or confused or self conscious, or any other number of possibilities that arise in adolescence. They could be experiencing any number of these emotions and/or situations. The life stage of adolescence is chock full of opportunities for them to feel “not quite right”. To give them another place to vent and process, is truly a very meaningful gift. To provide them with a place to hone in on their feelings, actions, behaviors, and thoughts so they can grow and develop into the young person (and eventually adult) they want to be, who is secure in themselves – well, it’s absolutely priceless.