No matter your circumstances, there is hope. I can help you approach life with more confidence and peace.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL
Whether you have generalized anxiety, panic attacks, or phobias, anxiety can be difficult to manage. Anxiety can impact your sleep, your relationships, and even school or work. My field experience has exposed me to anxiety in many different forms. My clinical training has given me a number of grounding and mindfulness tools. If you've tried deep breathing or meditation before and it didn't work, I get it. We'll collaborate on coping skills that work for you.
Burnout can be caused not only by jobs, but also unpaid labor like caregiving, parenting, and relationships in general. My personal and professional experiences are what make me an expert at treatment of burnout. I will help you figure out how to feel in control again, using self-care skills, boundary-setting, and re-assessment of priorities.
To treat low self-esteem, I teach people how to practice self-compassion. Often, people are incredibly kind to others, but harsh towards themselves. I've read a lot about self-compassion vs. self-esteem. We often base self-esteem on external attributes and achievements. Self-compassion, on the other hand, is an action that can persist in spite of your life circumstances. I can help you be kind to yourself and accept yourself just as you are.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy is all about identifying your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, and the relationship between them. In my experience, CBT is most effective when combined with mindfulness techniques. Sometimes it's not the CONTENT of your thoughts that matters, but the POWER you give to your thoughts. Mindfulness helps shift some of the focus into your physical body, where we manifest a lot of stress and emotions, often unknowingly.
I've been using motivational interviewing techniques since my first social work internship in 2012. I've taken multiple trainings in MI over the years. It's incredibly effective for folks who are on the fence about making changes.
I've been practicing mindfulness for about 3 years, and am certified in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction. To me, mindfulness is not just meditation - it is a way of life that has brought me and my clients more awareness, acceptance, and peace.