I am Ken Walden, a licensed professional counselor here in Maine, who enjoys working with others to help them heal, grow, and flourish.
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Brunswick, ME
Supervised by Susanna Preziosi
Worry, anxiety, and panic are some of the most common, distressing, and disheartening experiences my clients share. You may find your life shrinking, diminishing, as the anxiety takes over. I have experience working with people to begin to understand their experience in a new way, and to find new tools to move forward. The goal is to escape from the constant spiral of worry and to begin living your life again, and the good news is it's very possible.
Becoming a parent invites so much change and stress into our lives that we can find ourselves struggling to survive. As a parent your routines change, your sleep schedule changes, your identity changes, your relationships change, your values change. All during what we're told is supposed to be the most blessed time of our life. I work with parents to forgive ourselves for all that, and then to find your own path forward through parenthood that preserves your own mental health and identity.
At the heart of anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and so many other struggles is the question of self-esteem. When we think poorly of ourselves, problems result. I have experience in helping others to look at themselves face-on so that they can understand and transform those feelings of self-doubt, self-criticism, and self-loathing.
Often we are operating out of our head but carefully avoiding really feeling what is happening inside. Experiential therapy is an approach that assumes that in order to change the distressing, painful feelings we're experiencing, we have to express them, and transform them. My training in Emotion-Focused Therapy allows me to help you safely and productively address your emotions so that you can truly begin to feel better.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy suggests that the key to mental health is flexibility, so unsurprisingly it does not lay out a formula for how to be a healthier human. Instead it encourages the development of new perspectives, and provides a number of tools for becoming more capable of positively engaging with life. I have experience in helping people use the perspectives and tools of ACT to create new relationships to themselves and their problems.
At the heart of my approach is the idea that I am sitting across the room from another human being, who like me has to deal with life's struggles. I am not here to teach you a better way of doing so, but to share a bit of your journey, help you to learn more about yourself, and work together with you to find what it is you need to move forward. Reaching out for help and to connect is a part of the human experience, and I know that connecting with you will assist you in transforming your life.