Emotional Support Counseling: Therapy/(LCSW)
If you are experiencing a need for emotional support counseling because of depression, anxiety, phobias, trauma/PTSD, grief & loss, Bipolar…or life transitions such as the loss of a loved one, divorce, retirement, loss of a job…I am able to help you sort through the difficult emotions and to work on solutions that will allow you to move forward. I believe that people have the wisdom within them but sometimes it becomes difficult to connect to that inner wisdom and counseling may be a helpful way to gainmore clarity.
I utilize a holistic approach to wellbeing for people seeking quality of life. My approach includes alternative modalities such as Energy Psychology Techniques (EFT, TAT), Mindfulness, Aromatherapy, un-cluttering one's mind, calendar and space--a philosophy of Minimalism (I do not work with people with the sole diagnosis of Hoarding--I am not trained in the specialty of hoarding), as well as traditional modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing… I work with clients in creating a plan of treatment that best fits their goals.
I offer a (virtual) sacred space where people come to experience support and healing of mind, body and soul. I work with adults (18 years and over), individuals and couples.
“Healing may not be so much about getting better, as about letting go of everything that isn’t you—all of the expectations, all of the beliefs, and becoming who you are.” (Rachel Naomi Remen)
Minimalism For Wellbeing: (see web site for more info: minimalismforwellbeing.com)
If you are having difficulty with simple clutter (physical and emotional) in your life and you need help in de-cluttering I can help you do this work. Please read article below on this service. Just a note: I do not work with people diagnosed with "hoarding".
MINIMALISM AS A PRACTICE FOR WELLBEING
Un-clutter your life (in many ways) and find joy
We live in a very strong consumerism society. Many people feel that they are victims if they can’t purchase designer clothing or other items that appear to be what everyone else is getting. The presence of social media has increased our assumptions that consumption is the way to live, that we must have a lot of “stuff” if we want to be happy. Americans have created a country whose economics is based on purchasing and if and when we start living differently, more simply, the United States will have a major adjustment to make from the drop in retail sales. In 2018 retail sales in the U. S. was at 5.4 trillion dollars. Most Americans live in relatively large houses with 2-4+ car garages and still many of them rent out storage units to store their “stuff”.
I’m a mental health therapist and my experience with many people (including myself) is that we buy things to help ourselves feel better. People have a need, a yearning for something more and they think material possessions will help them fill that hole within them only to find out that it doesn’t. Many people suffer from addiction (shopping, alcohol, other drugs, sex, food…). Nothing can fill the emptiness in a person but what can start to satisfy a yearning within a person is to create space in their minds, lives, homes, offices and schedule to live simply. The best way to start is to reflect on one’s values and purpose and to create opportunities in our lives to live accordingly. It's important to un-clutter one’s mind, home, office and schedule… to have the space and time to do what makes us feel joy. It's important to have enough space in our schedule to have peace of mind. Our consumerism minds cause us to fill our closets, garages and storage units with things as well as our schedules with events leaving no space to have quality of life.
To live the way of the minimalist is to take a step back and reflect on what you think is important in your life, and to start creating your life accordingly. If you are grandparents and you are retired and you have grandchildren who live in another State and you miss them and you want to be closer to them then you sell your home and move to the location closer to your grandkids so that you can enjoy them. Some people would say, I have too much stuff to even think of moving. How sad is that? When a person’s stuff prohibits them from doing something that would give them joy. To be a minimalist is not to be a person who has nothing or who lives in poverty or who deprives themselves of things they enjoy. Not at all. To be a minimalist is to be a person who consciously decides how they want to live. Clutter is not a heathy condition to live with. So a minimalist, by nature, only accumulates things they need and enjoy therefore, avoids clutter. When we live consciously we are in charge of our environment, schedule, the thoughts we allow our minds to think, our shopping habits and we are clear how we want to live our values and what our life purpose is.
I feel strongly that the practice of minimalism and the service of one coaching another person in this way of living is a very helpful tool in mental health wellbeing. I have clients who live in major material clutter as well as mind clutter and schedule clutter. They have no ideas or tools in how to clear up the clutter. If you are a person with this challenge I encourage you to make an appointment and talk with me on the phone for a free 15 minute consultation. We can then figure out if this support would be helpful for you.
I write this article in the Fall of 2019 and as I reflect on this past year I feel that I have had so many wonderful moments. One such moment is that I have noticed the birds utilizing a few bird houses on the property. They come and go and are very busy mostly nesting and having babies. Once their babies are able to fly they vacate and new birds come in. The birds don’t have much when they move in. They gather what they need from the environment and go about their lives living their purpose. Some birds sing beautifully and others make sounds. The birds sing their songs with passion and freedom. They sing without worry that anyone will judge, they simply sing because they must. We have a lot to learn about living simply through watching nature, the teachings of the birds. One thing about the birds is that they know what is important to them and they go about living their lives with joy and freedom.
I offer as part of my work as a mental health therapist what I call Minimalism For Wellbeing. I help people define what is important to them and take action to make their lives more simple with joy.
“A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not on the branch but in it’s own wings. Always believe in yourself”. —Author Unknown
My Fees & Meeting Options—
I accept many insurances in Maine for Emotional Support Counseling (Mental Health Therapy). I am independently credentialed with those insurances.
My self pay fee is 125.00 a session for individual appointments for all my services. For couples counseling, my self pay fee is 150.00 an appointment. My sliding fee scale starts at $65.00 for individuals and 85.00 for couples.
For Emotional Support Counseling I can work with anyone in the State of Maine remotely (I am licensed in Maine as an LCSW). I can work with people from anywhere in the United States remotely as a Life Coach or as a coach in Minimalism.
One hour session
$ 125.00 USD
One hour session for mental health therapy and/or Minimalist Coaching. If you are needing to discuss a lower feel please call me.
My Education and Training—
I have a Masters in Social Work from the University of New England, Biddeford, ME, a Bachelors in Social Work from the University of Southern Maine. I have a Masters of Arts in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College and I have a Doctorate in Ministry from Bangor Theological Seminary. In both of the Ministry degrees my focus was on Spirituality/Conscious Awareness.
I have several certificates in a variety of modalities. I practice both traditional and contemporary models of therapy including, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness Therapy and Energy Psychology Techniques (TAT & EFT). I have a certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Shalem Institute in Maryland, and a Master’s certificate in Aromatherapy from Aroma Studio in NY. I am also a Reiki Master and I have a certificate in Life Coaching. I sometimes utilize Art in therapy. I have studied Minimalism and I am in the process of writing a book on Minimalism for wellbeing. ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________