Hi! I'm Michelle. I've been told I smile a lot, I'm patient, and I'm flexible. I love my work, but family takes priority- and mine is huge.
Counselor in Vancouver, WA
Back to the basics- the family. We were all raised in one. There are many different family configurations and even more styles of parenting. Come explore the family you grew up in and see how that is influencing the way you are parenting. Would you like to make some changes and need guidance as to how to implement them? Do you need teaching on what to expect for different ages, personalities and situations? Perhaps you thought you had it all under control until that phone call came from the school, or the police, or your daughter just shared that she's pregnant. Maybe you're not even a parent yet and are thinking there's no way you want to have children if "those" people would be the grandparents. Or what if your partner's family hates you or you can't stand them? Is there hope? What if your children are fighting so much you think one might be seriously injured before they'd quit? All of these situations and many more have been worked on in therapy with me, or experience by me. There is hope.
If you read my anxiety post, it's an easy leap to see how there are spiritual questions on most people's minds. Are you searching for "something" and can't find it? Are you questioning the beliefs your parents taught you, or even the beliefs you held not long ago? Are you wondering what "religion" is the "right" one? Are you uncomfortable with talking to friends and family because they'd judge you or ask questions you don't want to answer- or can't? You can express yourself here. You can ask the hard questions. (I don't claim to have all the answers!) You won't be judged. You will be challenged to find answers to your questions and given tools to help you do that. If you want someone to pray with you or for you I will do that. While I have my own beliefs, that of course I believe to be correct (or becoming more correct), I truly believe each person has their own journey they must travel and I'm here to help you on your path (not mine).
Anxiety is rampant in our society. However, I have found great success with CBT for treating anxiety issues. We don't have to be stuck in our anxiety. We may live in a world that never stops, with a new problem appearing right after you solved the last one, with intolerance either directed at us or visible as we live out our daily grind, with cancer inflicting us or a loved one, with crowds and traffic and noise, with chronic pain, with unfairness in school and the workplace, with constant news of natural disasters and political unrest across the globe... This always on and always informed world didn't exist a generation ago. We haven't been able to catch up with the changes, to adapt to the technology that helps but yet seems to keep peacefulness at arm's length. There are techniques to help. Hiding and wishing it would go away are futile. While a counseling appointment is another thing to add to your already full calendar, perhaps it's worth a try? I think so, give me a call and let me encourage you!