I am a licensed clinical psychologist and the founder of Guilford Psychological Services. I specialize in working with people who are feeling misunderstood, emotionally exhausted, and who know that something doesn’t feel right inside, but they often don’t know why. Sometimes they are experiencing emotions and thoughts that they don’t understand, that catch them by surprise, and that they sometimes struggle to control. In many cases, they are feeling things that are uncomfortable and unwelcome. They are often frustrated or worried that they don’t know what is going on or how to feel better. Sometimes these thoughts and feelings are happening because there is a stressful circumstance happening that my clients just haven’t identified yet as creating internal conflict. Many of my clients have experienced a specific trauma (e.g., combat, sexual assault, loss) or have experienced long lasting or prolonged trauma or abuse in childhood or adulthood (emotional, physical, and sexual), and they are just now feeling ready to consider that they might be able to feel better. People who have experienced trauma often feel confused about their own experiences and, furthermore, struggle with trusting themselves and others. Therapy can bring clarity, calm, and hope.
I also work with women who are contemplating whether they wish to become mothers, and women in all stages of the perinatal and postpartum period as well as mothers well into partnership and parenthood. Motherhood is an intense time of transition, and personalized support through the experience can help. Sometimes women develop anxiety and mood disorders and other mental health challenges during pregnancy or the postpartum period. If this is happening to you or someone you know, please encourage them to visit a therapist to be assessed and potentially treated. Perinatal and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders are real, they can be very scary, and they are absolutely treatable. No woman should suffer in silence, and if you are suffering, you need not suffer alone. I can help, and if I cannot help for any reason, I will find you someone that can.
Strong emotions can be triggered by time of transition, uncertainty, and change. My clients have described feeling disconnected from who they are or what they want. I know that this can feel frustrating and painful, and I also know that there are specific strategies that, tailored to your needs and style, can help you find your way. I have watched time and time again as clients learn to find and listen to their own voice, to take strategic steps to honor themselves and their needs, and begin to heal. If you have been struggling, I am here to help. Call me and let’s get started!