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The journey through motherhood transformed you in some essential way, where you no longer quite feel like yourself! This is the most common report I hear from the women I work with; they feel lost to themselves and they miss and crave the person they used to be.
Nobody told you it was going to be this hard! Nobody told you about the 24/7 days or how you would feel like every one of them you felt short! No one told you how you'd go from a "can do" to an "I can't" kind of person. No one told you that you would feel lonely, incompetent, or resentful. You did hear about the guilt, but whoa, it was underestimated! No one told you about the competition for "best mom" or the fear of being the "worst mom!" No one told you how often you'd be doing it alone! And, no one told you how much freaking work it was - feeding, cleaning, bathing, chasing, etc! Well, maybe they did, but no one effectively described the physical and emotional exhaustion or how often you'd think, "what the hell did I sign up for!" Most of all, no one told you to hold on to yourself with both hands or you'd be gone!
You are still you underneath it all! You can put the joy back and feel like yourself again! I see it everyday, a mom who comes in deflated, angry, sad, anxious, and full of guilt and shame and returns week after week a different, more hopeful and confident woman! You can too!
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Rediscovering Your Best Self in Your Role as a Mom
"Being a mom" comes with all sorts of things we never planned or anticipated. It also makes life complicated (as, well, you know). Our whole life revolves around "being a mom," which is often good and other times packed with a punch; filling us with thoughts, emotions, restrictions, judgments, and contradictions which are hard to navigate or make sense of. Sometimes, in this noisy, demanding, and fast paced life, we need to stop and really hear ourselves think, rediscover our priorities, and figure out how to make sense of it all.
That's where I come in...I draw from three main areas in my work with moms; as a counselor, I pull from all the evidenced-based counseling methods to work on the inside stuff: that is, how you are thinking, feeling, reacting and responding to what is going on. Next, I draw from the world of family therapy to look at the outside and in-between stuff; that is, your relationships, your family-of-origin influences, your broader world of work, play, family life, and culture and how it effects and influences you. Finally, I utilize my training and background from life coaching to help you take decisive action and move beyond something that just occurs in my office, to something you take back into your life and can actually use the other 167 hours of the week.
Types of Issues I Have Helped Moms Navigate
Locations: I generally offer therapy in my Hollywood Florida location which is a short 15 minute drive from Aventura. However, during COVID I have expanded my Videocounseling practice where I serve women throughout Florida over a secure HIPAA compliant platform.
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I know you have been struggling with these things for sometime, so I am as eager as you are to jump in and get to work. My aim is to make our sessions a "Power-Hour" where we devise strategies and plans for the other 167 hours in the week. My clients often leave our sessions feeling energized and hopeful!