Individual Counseling

Seeking counseling can be a daunting task, particularly because often, by the time you look for a therapist, things already feel pretty rough. Individual therapy can help you begin to make changes and feel better, and eventually approach life’s challenges in new ways that fit better with who you want to be in the world.

Am I living in a way which is deeply satisfying to me, and which truly expresses me?
— Carl R. Rogers

Holdaway Counseling provides an affirming, supportive space for you to explore the issues that are important to you, reconnect with your values and inner direction, and challenge unhealthy behaviors or thoughts that are holding you back. I believe that you are the expert on your own life, and yet we each come to a point where having a second perspective and supportive guidance can mean the difference between continuing to struggle and making meaningful, positive change.

Common areas addressed

  • Relationship issues
  • Anxiety, stress or worry
  • Feelings of low self-esteem
  • Depression or feeling alone
  • Family or parenting concerns
  • Life transitions
  • Career decisions
  • Grief and loss
  • Recovering from a breakup or divorce
  • Body image or food issues
  • The effects of past trauma
  • Feeling stuck or lack of direction
  • Desire to develop new habits
  • Sexuality, identity and marginalization

If you would like to work on any of these or other issues, visit the contact page to set up your first counseling appointment.

Therapeutic Approach

My approach to counseling is individualized for each client, and is grounded primarily in Emotion-Focused and Narrative Therapies. Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) encourages exploring and experiencing your emotions in the therapy room  in order to help you connect with, and articulate, your deeper needs. Emotion-focused therapy is an evidence-based practice which has been shown to be effective for helping with depression, anxiety, relationship distress and many other issues. Narrative work explores the ways we think and talk about what is getting in our way, and challenges us to use language and tell our life story in ways that will help us feel empowered to enact change in our own lives. This work can be a powerful way to both acknowledge the struggles and hurts that you may have experienced, as well as to identify and articulate the strengths that you bring to these challenges which will help you approach your life in a way that is congruent with your values. 

To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, visit the contact page.