– Individual Counseling –
Occasional self-doubt is normal and a desire to improve is healthy, but when we repeatedly focus on our flaws and compare ourselves to others, we become defeated. Low self-esteem can lead to or exacerbate a multitude of issues, including anxiety and depression…and it can also affect the way we interact with others. Maybe you’re a high-achieving perfectionist because that’s the only way you feel valued or worthy, or maybe you don’t have much confidence in yourself, often leaving you feeling inadequate. Perhaps you’re highly critical of yourself and it’s getting exhausting keeping up with the unrealistic standards you set for yourself.
You want to feel more confident in who you are, but you’re not quite sure where to start. If any of this is you, I’d love to join you on a journey to building your self-esteem. You’ll learn how to recognize your inner critic, explore how low self-esteem developed overtime and how it’s maintained, and form more helpful ways of viewing yourself. After all, you don’t deserve all this criticism. Is it really helping you achieve what you want in your life?
Occasional stress is a normal part of life, but when it becomes too powerful, we lose vitality within ourselves and our relationships. Maybe you can’t stop worrying and over-analyzing, or you feel nervous and on-edge a good majority of the time. Perhaps you’re going through an overwhelming transition or finding yourself worrying about being judged or embarrassing yourself around people, and it’s creating a lost sense of connection.
You want to find some peace and balance in your life, and you’re ready to take the next step. I work with a lot of clients experiencing anxiety, and it’s incredible to see them move from a place of high anxiety and confusion to a place of greater peace and clarity. If you’re willing to put in the work, you’ll be so glad you did.
Stress within any close relationship is inevitable at various points, but when it becomes recurrent or persistent, it can rob us of joy. As humans, we are made for connection, so when we don’t have it, we feel like something is missing. This need for connection can drive us to be people-pleasers, making it particularly difficult to set boundaries. It can also create in us a fear of rejection that begins to dictate many of our choices and interactions. When we don’t feel secure in our relationships, we may notice more conflict and less intimacy (emotional and/or physical).
Our personal mental health is largely contingent on our relational health, so when we’re experiencing stress within our relationships, it’s important to address it. Through counseling, you’ll gain insight into what’s leading to the patterns you’re seeing in your relationships, and you’ll explore new ways of relating and connecting to others, ones that will lead to reduced stress and greater fulfillment.
Are you struggling with any of these? Marina would love to help.