I provide holistic counseling services to clients in Chicago, IL by promoting mental wellness and encouraging healthy, active lifestyles.
Counselor in Chicago, IL
Sometimes our thoughts seem out of control. I call it "snowballing" or "spiraling" - when we have thoughts that turn into worries, worries that turn into fears, and fears that consume us. Our worries get larger the more we think about them, like a snowball rolling down a hill. Other times we think "what if" and spiral down the path of worrying about things we can't control. These anxious thoughts can be about the future and what may be, or about the past and what could have been. Either way, these thoughts cause us to ruminate on negativity and blind us to positivity. This happens when we're feeling pressure from work, stress from family, or just overwhelmed with obligations. Sometimes we feel anxious for seemingly no reason, yet other times our anxiousness is situational. Anxiety has many causes and is exhibited in many different ways. Together, we'll work to identify triggers and symptoms, discover beneficial coping skills, and address underlying issues contributing to your anxiety.
It's okay to not be okay - really, it's okay! Depression can be predictable some of the time, and yet, other times it appears unexpectedly. It can sneak up on you, lay stagnant for a long time, or hit like a hurricane. Depression looks different on everyone - some have trouble getting out of bed in the morning, others refrain from social activity, and yet others wear a mask over their depression by being the life of the party while they're hurting inside. However you experience depression, I understand how taxing it can be to cope with the emotional hurt and manage the other symptoms that come with it. I understand that everyone copes in different ways, and some go-to coping skills might not be as effective for you. You are the expert of your life, and together we'll find what works best for you! We may look into reasons why you're feeling the way you do, or simply look for ways to help you feel better. There's always hope, even if it's difficult to see at the time, hope is there!
It can be difficult to look in the mirror on a daily basis and dislike what you see. I work from a body-positive approach by helping clients accept and love their natural shape! No two personalities are alike, just as no two body shapes are the same. Together, we'll examine your relationship with your body and how that relationship may have changed as you've grown and developed. If your goal is weight loss, we'll discover the internal and external factors motivating your drive to lose weight. If your struggle with body image has led to disordered eating, we'll address your concerns holistically - social pressures, meal preparation, family history, eating habits, physical activity, negative thought patterns, emotional triggers, and other factors will all be considered as we work toward positive results! We only have one body in this life, and you deserve a happy, healthy, loving relationship with yours!