​Ampersand Counseling

Welcome


When to Seek Counseling


"The first step toward change is awareness. ​
​ The second step is acceptance.
"
-Nathaniel Branden

The decision to enter counseling can be difficult for many people. However, this will likely be the most rewarding choice of your life. People seek counseling for the opportunity to be heard by an unbiased and compassionate person. Often, people seek counseling when things in their lives interfere with their ability to grow and flourish as human beings. Reasons include personal challenges with:

  • anxiety

  • depression

  • traumatic experiences

  • grief and loss

  • eating disorders

  • relational problems

  • parenting concerns 

  • unwanted life patterns



The Ampersand is a symbol of acceptance; it reminds us that we are complex beings with a variety of often contradictory thoughts, emotions, and experiences; each valid and filled with wisdom. A common part of our human experience is that we each struggle with putting our thoughts and feelings into a tidy compartment; we try to find which is "right" or "true".  These internal conflicts often lead to unhappiness. Learning how to embrace the "and" by acknowledging and embracing the complex inner experiences we all have is a crucial part of healing. Only through accepting ourselves as whole beings can we begin to experience the freedom to be as we are and the courage to make the changes we wish to make.

The Power of "And"



You've found your way here because something in your life is not going the way you'd like it to. Perhaps you struggle with anxiety, depression, or issues related to trauma. Maybe you are struggling with your relationships and want to learn skills to improve them. Whatever your reason, the important thing is that you are taking the first step towards a happier, richer, more fulfilling life.


We are all trying to become the best version of ourselves, and we all struggle in the pursuit. I know you have the capacity to change and to live the life you've been waiting for. I would be honored to work with you as to identify relevant goals and develop a plan to help you grow into the person you are meant to be.